Are our opinions worth hurting our unity? I would hope the obvious answer is NO, and if it IS, have you ever let one of your opinions or even someone else’s hurt a relationship?
You will never find someone who agrees with you on everything, but usually, these things are small and we are able to understand Harlan Ellison when he says—
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
Oh wait maybe that’s just me and everyone else is offended by that quote (oops).
But when it comes to other things, say political opinions, are they worth crying over?
A good friend and fellow countryman(woman) would tell you if you were in danger right? A good friend and fellow countryman(woman) should be able to disagree with you without being offended or offending.
For example if you liked Ted Cruz while someone else like Hillary Clinton being upset would be unuseful. Does anger change anything?
As an opinionated person, I know that I’ve offended people and I take responsibility for those times(yes they are many), but we absolutely cannot exclude from our lives those who disagree with us. In the name of acceptance we can easily forget open-mindedness.
“Sometimes, the people advocating tolerance display the most intolerant behavior” -Isaac Tolpin.
Though we may have a set opinion we should still listen and appreciate others thoughts, and if we must, respectfully disagree.
Emotional charge is an amazing thing if harnessed and used properly, but we cannot let this emotional charge allow ourselves to be hurt.
Personal relationships shouldn’t dictate or strongly influence our opinion, but our opinion shouldn’t be allowed to hurt our relationships.
As Abraham Lincoln famously said, “A house divided cannot stand.”
Division destroys, while diversity enriches.` We must stand tall together, proclaiming our opinions and taking full advantage of our freedom of speech, while we will disagree, the key is to be kind and believe our differences strengthen us as a whole.