I saw a bumper sticker recently that read "no more taxes." The irony—the guy was driving on a newly paved road. I wanted to pull him over and ask why he wasn't traveling on the shoulder or in the nearby woods.
Of course, even the shoulder is probably maintained by tax dollars. It got me thinking about how we make so many statements based on uninformed, under-informed, oversimplified opinions.
In our personal lives, in our politics, in every aspect of our existence—everything is always more complicated than most of us are willing or capable of acknowledging. I believe there is a serious lack of humility in how we approach most issues.
In a world of fake news, Facebook rants, memes, and presidential Twitter tantrums, we have a lot to sift through. Outrage is in, and what better platform than social media? Everyone has a voice. Everyone has an opinion.
What's the solution? I don't know the exact answer, but I do know what we need more of, and that's actual dialogue. Conversation that starts with a mindset of, "I might be wrong about this," and includes phrases like:
Tell me more about that.
Why do you feel that way?
I don't know, what do you think?
I could see why you would think that.
What experiences have shaped that opinion?
We all have a lot to learn, and I would venture to say much of what we lack can be found within those we refuse to listen to.
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