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    Differing Opinions

    created by mistervancleef 160 days 16 hours 34 minutes ago

    Category: World

    Differing Opinions

    Today there are so many differing opinions in the world whether they be political or not. There is so much debate going on in the world and especially in our country.

    My question is how can we listen to those with differing opinions without letting our feels getting in the way and becoming offended? How can you offer your end of the argument?

    Thanks!

    Tom

    Re: Differing Opinions

    Hi,

    I think Joyner Lucas's song "I'm Not Racist" really put things into perspective for me. As a die-hard liberal, vegan, atheist, & feminist, I can often let my passion overcome me. It isn't productive when I am too passionate about something and I don't stop and think about the other side of the argument. Without really understanding other people, we can't possibly offer our opinions and expect them to listen. I think that remembering that we are all human and that we are all just trying to get through life the best we can often puts things in perspective for me.

    -Monica

    Re: Differing Opinions

    Hey!

    So what I would do simply is to hear their side without any interruptions and let them say what they think. I would take side notes along the way and then tell them my view. Then we can come to an equally balanced conclusion that we both agree on. I think that this is the best way to listen to others. By doing this everyone has the oppertunity to be heard and share their views.

    Have a great day!
    NjBr

    Re: Differing Opinions

    Hi Tom,

    I think respecting other people's opinion is very important. Even if you do not agree with their point, don't try to force your opinion on them. Listen and let people see that you are not only hearing them but you are also listening to them. Once you listen to their opinion, it is ok for you to go ahead and give your opinion as well. At the end of the day I just feel like people want to know that their opinions are being heard, whether they are accept this can be irrelevant as long as you respect their opinion.

    My aunt has a crude saying but I absolutely agree with her. She says" Opinions are like a**holes, everyone is entitled to one." Anytime I catch myself trying to force my opinion on someone I remember that saying, we are all entitled to our opinions.

    Have a great day!

    Shanz

    Re: Differing Opinions

    It all starts with acknowledging that you don't know the answer to the ultimate question.

    Re: Differing Opinions

    Hey Tom,

    I think respect is the biggest factor in hearing differing opinions. Now a days I feel like people get wayyyy too emotional about someone having a differing opinion, and it usually ends up escalating the situation and making it so much worse. If we all just took a second to let the other person have their say without trying to impose our beliefs, the world would be such a better place. If someone is being extremely ignorant or blatantly rude though, I must say I struggle sometimes to not interject.

    Best,

    Abby