Growing up in the Bay Area means I was well acquainted with the the left-side of politics.
Most people share similar points of views and everyone watched and read from the same news sources.
It was incredibly easy to get swept up in one way of thinking – it felt like everyone agreed with you and made perfect sense. How can the rest of the country not see it? Why have they still not changed their minds?
It wasn’t until college that I started becoming interested in the “opposing side”. I started to follow conservative blogs and news sources – I would read the articles and become angry, but at the same time, I found it enlightening:
Oh, that’s how others see it.
Even though hearing different opinions frustrate us, and even though we may not agree, it’s important to listen to them with a clear mind. Hopefully, with listening comes conversation. The goal should not to force others to concede to your opinions but to help others develop their ideas thoroughly.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.