The two most foolish things to argue about are religion and politics. Now, I’m not talking about civil debate; as there are some folks able to do that. Unfortunately, most of us are not skilled in debate, and only find ourselves arguing, offending others, and getting mad.
Why is it we find it so hard to accept people having views differing from our own? I have given that a lot of thought because I have been in arguments that left me with regret, and wishing I could take back it back. Is it really worth it; is it so important to prove someone else wrong, or ourselves right? It’s nothing but pride that makes us do that.
Rather than taking offence when someone doesn’t agree with you, why not accept the fact that different people see things differently. We all have are own belief systems that everything is filtered through, and once you get past childhood days those belief systems are usually locked in place.
Unless someone has doubts within themself; and questioning their current beliefs, you will not convince them of anything. It doesn’t matter if you have better debate skills or a book that backs up your opinion, unless someone is searching, it will remain just your opinion.
Is it worth pushing family or friends away because they don’t view the world the same way you do? Can’t we just agree to disagree and leave sore subjects off the table? Most of the time when we get pushy on our opinions, we are only trying to get consensus to back up those opinions. Then if someone doesn’t agree, it sets us off. Keep in mind, the circle of people who care anything about yours or my opinion is not global.
Life is too short to argue and fight. In the future if someone starts to espouse an opinion you find aggrevating or annoying, just smile at them and say “I’m not sure that I totally agree with you, but I certainly respect you and your opinion”, and change the subject.
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