How do I disagree without being disagreeable and losing the ear of those who might benefit from my companionship?
This particular time in history is baffling. It combines the three worst attributes of humanity:
- Too many opinions
- Too fragile of an ego
- Too quick to fight
When you take those three and combine them in social interactions, what you end up with are people who are constantly offended and constantly on the lookout for enemies to attack.
- We are not out for common sense.
- We are worshippers of the common “assent.”
People want me to agree with them or else they want to terminate interaction with me and limit my effect.
On the other hand, if I try to be understanding of another person’s opinion, people from the other camp will brutalize me for being wishy-washy.
Is life about finding out what is true, or is it discovering little pieces of knowledge and sitting around with friends, gently trying to construct a reasonable solution?
I love to give my assent–I want to find reasons to “amen” instead of condemn.
So because of that, sometimes I find myself supporting a conservative approach, and other times in the pursuit of a liberal agenda. This causes me to be considered an adversary by both warring parties.
But I will not lose heart.
Truth never marches under a banner.
It is discovered one crumb at a time until we finally make our way to the bread of life.
Thank you for enjoying Words from Dic(tionary) — J.R. Practix