Linked – How to Listen When You Disagree: A Lesson from the Republican National Convention

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Our Facebook feeds are littered with articles, posts, and images from all types of people. For some of us, this is difficult to handle, so we edit out the ones we disagree with until our feed looks more like an echo board our of own thoughts.If we’re not careful, we’ll treat people this way. Editing out the ones we disagree with until we’re surrounded by people who are just like us.

Then we wonder why we’re so divided.

I know what you’re thinking, though: “It’s my feed, I’ll block who I want. I shouldn’t have to be offended. I don’t have time for that. Life is too short. I only want to see what I want to see.”

If we’re not careful, we’ll treat people this way.

Then wonder why we’re so divided.

An important lesson. If you can’t see someone who disagrees with you on something as having a story that brought them to that belief, it quickly becomes easy to dehumanize them, and from there, it’s easy to treat them as less than human.

And then we wonder how people can commit such violence against other human beings.

http://urbanconfessional.org/blog/howtodisagree

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