In This I Believe: Opposite Sides

A year ago in my “In This I Believe” essay I touched upon the idea that we should be open to hearing other people’s beliefs. While I mainly focused on political beliefs in that last piece, I think all ideas people have should be listened to and respected. I don’t mean everyone needs to agree with each other all the time but they shouldn’t be so quick to write off someone’s ideas because of one impression. Around last year a Pedigree commercial was released where a Hillary supporter and a Trump supporter visited the opposing rallies with a lost dog. People forgot all about their initial obvious difference and came together to make sure the dog’s owner was found. This is the link: Videos like these show that at the end of the day, everyone is human and just want the best for those they care about. When people are left in their own echo chamber without anyone who disagrees with them, they often forget this and resent the opposing side.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”  It is very unfortunate that a quote initially directed to those in 1956 during the Civil Rights movement, still needs to said more than sixty years later. It is incredibly important to see why people believe what they believe in order to be empathetic and begin trying to change their minds.

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