In so many discussions today, respect seems to be lacking. While this is perhaps exemplified in political discussions, I’ve noticed it elsewhere, as well. Instead of recognizing that others may have valid reasons for their views and practices, the discussion is often full of showing how the other person is not only wrong, but an idiot. How is that helpful? Even if it were true?

Instead of immediately assuming that someone who has a different view than you do on vaccines, home birth, politics, Latin, children at Mass, breastfeeding, Pokemon, or whatever your pet topic is, try to consider that the other person may have just as valid a view. Or, if they are wrong, that they have no reason to listen if they aren’t treated with respect. Or even that you yourself may be the one who is mistaken. (I am saying this to myself as well, as I also fail at this at times).

As I said, this goes for all the time, but is especially needed right now, when emotions are running high with the election looming.

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