Don’t Talk, Just Listen

It is hard to push past the boundaries we set up for ourselves. We can easily rationalize reasons why it really isn’t in our best interests to push them, that maybe we should leave them alone, that they are there for a reason. This blog was created, in part, to push ourselves to push, to push others to push, and today I am going to do that.

 

I’ll be honest. I can be argumentative. I enjoy debating a point and making my case. A couple months ago I got into a two-and-a-half-hour debate with similarly argumentative friend over whether Homer really wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey. I enjoy arguing.

 

There are some topics I don’t argue. That I don’t even want to talk about, because I feel like nothing good can come from it. Politics, religion, GMOs and vaccinations. The types of things that people really, deeply care about and believe in. Those aren’t fun. I don’t like those arguments. I don’t think any of us do.

 

But the truth is, those are the things that matter. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you and I have different opinions on the quality of The Truman Show. It won’t matter if neither of us understands the other’s position. It is just a movie, but these are so much more.

 

I said at the start that this was supposed to push people, and now I am going to push you. Don’t worry, I’ll do it too. I want you to find someone who they disagree with on one of the big, important things in life, and I want you to listen. I don’t want you to talk or to defend your points, that will only lead to arguing. I want you to listen, to hear what they have to say, and to see why they believe what they believe.

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