I was fascinated listening to the fallout from yesterday's Supreme Court decision. Reading the opinions from those who were upset over it was enlightening. It so happens that in this case I believe the court acted wisely. Others think it is another step towards socialism or communism, they can't seem to agree as to which. Many seemed upset just because it was a victory for President Obama.
But this did get to me thinking about how we hold the opinions we hold. I'm not trying to present myself as a great or brain or anything, because I surely don't think I am. However, there is one thing I do try to do. I try to understand all sides of an issue. I didn't see much of that yesterday.
If the issues involved in any controversy are not fully understood, if cliches are allowed to carry the day, it makes it hard for those who differ to come together. And we need more coming together and less polarization.
In my job there is a great deal of mediating conflict between team workers involved. It all starts, I believe, with trying to get everyone to look at things from the perspective of their coworkers. We should do that with life in general. Everything looks so clear and obvious when looking out of our own eyes. We forget that the same is true for others as well.
Our emotions cloud our vision, and I don't think any of us are exempt from this weakness. Enhancing our capacity to understand the different ways of looking at things is a very worthwhile practice. And there is no weakness involved in allowing the right to agree to disagree.