Listening

In life, there are people who will disagree with you. There are people who’s values are different than yours, and who see the world from a different perspective. And that’s okay.

I think that, yes, we need to be respectful and honest and loving to others. But not everyone thinks that way. That’s the challenge of life. There is a certain understanding that all people are worthy of love, even if not everyone will love you. That’s okay.

I’m saying all this because of something that President Obama said recently. When speaking about college students, in Iowa, he said the following (borrowed from BuzzFeed):

It’s not just sometimes folks who are mad that colleges are too liberal that have a problem. Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal, and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues, who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side, and that’s a problem too. I’ve heard some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African-Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women. I gotta tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view. I think you should be able to — anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with ‘em. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, ‘You can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.’ That’s not the way we learn either.

He’s right. Honestly, different perspectives have a lot to offer to the individual, and one’s growth. That’s especially true for perspectives we will disagree with.

Anyway, this is all just verbum. Action is living it. Time to go live it.

Peace!…

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