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Respect For Your Opponent? (repost)

My bud hantamouse is a man who, as a rule, diligently avoids making deep pronouncements when other people might hear them. However, in this particular instance, I think he bears repeating:

Respect For Your Opponent?

Do you agree or disagree with this:
"Anyone who opposes my ideals is some degree of evil and/or stupid, therefore I do not have to respect them or their opinions."

Or how about:
"If I had the opportunity, I would impose the laws I believe in on the entire nation, even if the majority of people disagree with them."

No matter what you believe or how strongly, keep in mind that a very large portion of the country doesn't agree. Can you find it within yourself to respect that? can you support, or even seek, a solution that isn't what you really want, but most of Them can live with?

Now that the congress is split, our representatives have two choices, Compromise, or Lose.
I fully expect many of them to choose Lose, loudly and obnoxiously.

How will you choose?

Edit: It's worth noting here that on some level there has to be a fundamental willingness on both parts to live and let live. When the proposition being floated is "[group] should not be considered human beings," for instance, then compromise is not really feasible. When we're talking about things like economic policy or what to have for breakfast, compromise is just dandy.

-The Gneech



Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Well, we do have two very shockingly different countries under one fraying banner. Always was, it's just become too obvious to ignore.

I do not have to respect the beliefs of people who would get run out of town on a rail in THESE parts. I'll be polite when I visit their parts, but I would be polite when visiting Somalia too.

I guess the counterpart would be, they might be polite while visiting, I don't know, Bangkok or Leningrad.

I think the problem lies in trying to unite the hellholes when they're too different...
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Whether or not you have to, it might be worth it to try. ;)

Note that this doesn't apply to views such as "[group] should be beaten with a bat and have no rights as human beings." But it does apply to things such as whether or not the Fed should tweak interest rates.


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