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  •  Congratulations! (2+ / 0-)
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    Arkieboy, JamieG from Md

    At fifteen years of age you have learned a huge life lesson, that being when people believe in something, contradictory facts will not necessarily make them change their minds. Beliefs, tangled as they are with emotions and righteousness, are seldom rational.

    OTOH I would like to suggest that it is important to continue to keep the lines of communication open with people who do not believe as we do. As long as we segregate ourselves from people who believe differently than we do, it is too easy for them demonize and judge us, and for us to do the same to them.

    In my experience I have found treating people who believe differently than me with respect, and gently offering my own opinions in a non-threatening manner doesn't necessarily change their beliefs, it at least helps people to respect where I'm coming from. And I might add it is a delicate act in the case with some conservatives who have a hard time imagining anyone respectable could ever see things differently than they do. :-)

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Hamlet

    by Ooooh on Sun Apr 10, 2011 at 08:25:59 AM PDT

    •  I liked the Obama motto (2+ / 0-)
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      bkamr, Ooooh

      on the wall of our little campaign office in Calif:

      RESPECT, EMPOWER, INCLUDE

      We were a happy crew remembering that - we tried to respect everyone, empower the shy ones, and include the difficult types.

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