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Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood


Give everyone a voice, seek first to understand. We can talk to our friends who mostly agree with us and try to change each other’s minds, or we can inform ourselves of what people who we don’t agree with are thinking. Disagreeing with someone's opinion doesn’t make them wrong, and it doesn’t make them go away. So why not save some breathe and just listen to what they are saying? I know we are good at letting the tv talk, so how about we don’t overpower or demean someone we share oxygen with just because we don’t want to hear what they will say next. Be brave! We are so afraid of each other and the actions one another’s ideologies may insight. Let us face our fear, and find out what those ideologies are before we start expecting the worst of each other. Ask questions of the person you are talking to and find common ground, or else secretly take note of all the terrible stuff they are admitting to, and figure out how to do something about it.


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