Agree to disagree, not hate
Monday, July 17, 2017
Recently, I saw a sign outside of a church in Greenville that said, “Just because you disagree with someone, doesn’t mean you have to hate them.”
I pondered “that’s such a simple and obvious concept,” but my thoughts kept reverberating back to that statement, along with many other timely issues of the day. I assume that all of us know that we are unique with different perceptions about life, yet there are so many people that can’t understand or accept that fact.
They are attached to their beliefs so strongly with “tunnel vision” that their minds are not open to other points of view. Nothing or no one can even have the slightest positive impact on their autocratic mindset. Perhaps, it’s learning to agree to disagree that is most difficult.
Whether it be in professional board room discussions, educational environments, church congregations, domestic conflicts, sports, politics, etc., all too often, it seems it has become easier to disagree, lash out at others in a derogatory manner, or simply take matters in one’s hands and perform some dastardly deed.
Perhaps learning to disagree with someone amicably should be a pre-requisite to adulthood in our society? I do believe that one by one, step by step, voice by voice, we can make a difference, stomping out hatred, ever how idealistic it might be.
Rebecca H. Hamill