Saturday, September 16, 2006

Learning to Disagree

As I read this quote:
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle
it came to mind that many people cannot and will not entertain a thought they cannot accept.
It troubles me to know that people do not know how to see an opposing viewpoint without getting upset. Recently, I ran into a man who didn't care to hear anything I had to say about a particular subject because he totally disagreed with my thought process. So, because my train of thought is not on the same track as yours, you fail to communicate effectively? Apparently so.
He said, and I quote, "You're right. I'm not listening to you because what you have to say is (insert expletive here) and no one in their right mind would listen to that (insert expletive here). What you have to say now becomes irrelevant because I don't agree with that".
Have you ever heard something more rude in your life?
Well, I was equally appalled because I thought we were having a civil discussion but it quickly turned into him being disrespectful and almost violent in his nature of speech.
So I ask you, how does one learn to disagree?
It's quite simple....
Everyone is entitled to their right to have an opinion. THAT, you must be respectful of. It NEVER means you have to agree with what someone is saying BUT it does mean that you respect their right to have an opinion and that you are not rude because they choose to see things entirely different from you.
So, if you have a brain inside that skull of yours, use the education that has been provided you and feel free to accept what you wish but if you disagree, do so respectfully, otherwise, one might as well be speaking to animals who have no concept of what conversational manners are.

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