Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Let's Agree to Disagree


And that's okay.

If people all thought the same way, what would be the point of conversation? The art of debate would not have been created. Life just would not be the same. I feel like the whole process of learning would be edited.

I was having a conversation earlier today with a friend which turned into a major disagreement about public policy. And it's a given that people do not agree on these things. If they did, government wouldn't be so complicated. I just thought the people I surrounded myself with were in agreement that the DREAM Act should be passed.

It's an issue that I'm really passionate about. But going into that would lead to a 5000-word essay, which I'm sure you're not up for reading.

The point of this post is to say: Surround yourself with a diverse group of people. And by diverse, I am not necessarily speaking about race or ethnicity (although this can be a component), I'm emphasizing the importance of having conversations with folks with different opinions.

During my undergraduate career, for the most part, I've surrounded myself with people that have very similar ideologies as me. Mostly African American with similar experiences which sometimes formed into a similar outlook on this complicated society we live in. And while, this is great – being able to relate to a person. Conversations with those who may oppose your stance on something can broaden your perspective and understanding.

I want to give a shout out to my friend who argued with me a few hours ago. Thanks for sharing your opinions. They are much appreciated. I must say on this issue though, let's agree to disagree.

Now I'm trying to figure out: At what point is agreeing to disagree not okay?

1 comment:

Ana said...

"At what point is agreeing to disagree not okay?"

Such a great question, Deonna! We should discuss this over the game.