Something to think about
I want you to picture those of your friends whose political opinions differ from yours. Not as in how much the rich should be taxed, for example, but rather whether they should be taxed at all. Big divides - liberal/conservative, Left/Right, Staunch Democrat/Die-hard Republican - you get the idea.
Have you ever thought they were “bad” people for holding opinions so different from yours? For believing in something you thought was “wrong?” I’d bet no.
We give people with differnet beliefs the benefit of the doubt in our day to day lives all the time. But those we don’t know? Those we see on the internet? The people we’ll never meet? They’re immediately judged, labeled, and chastised for being different. Sort of like how most people wearing MAGA hats are, without a moment’s hesitation, deemed white supremacists.
It’s what’s led America to the stage it’s at - cracked, right down the middle. After all, “each action has an equal and opposite reaction.” And it doesn’t take long before the constant to and fro turns into extremism. Which, incidentally enough, only leads to more extremism
. And so the cycle continues.
Perhaps it’d be wiser to give strangers the same benefit of the doubt we give our friends.
P.S. In case you’re interested, it’s this story here
titled, “People Are Not Defined By Their Politics
” that inspired this section of the newsletter.
Thanks for reading,
See you next Saturday!