An Unlikely Friendship

In my previous post, I looked at the importance of listening to those we disagree with. For many, that's not high on the list of priorities. That's understandable; it's hard to listen to someone who has a completely different take on an issue of great importance to us. But I think it's important to remember:…

Listening to Those On the Other Side

Can you learn something from someone on the opposite side of an issue? Or, to put it another way: What would happen if people in our country chose not to demonize someone they disagree with, but listen to them? Really listen to them? Can a pacifist learn something from a lifelong member of the military?…

How to live in these partisan times

Has anybody noticed that the quality of political conversation has gotten pretty bad? Actually, that's an understatement. Maybe we should simply recognize that it has gotten really difficult for people who disagree to talk with each other. So most people just don't. They watch the news channel they like best. They hang around with others who…