A version of this first appeared in November 2011 on the Sitting Duck blog, a forerunner of this blog.
No matter what you think, no matter what you believe, no matter your intentions, there will always be someone who disagrees.
While the only meaningful course of action is to stand up for, stand behind your beliefs, just remember that – to the other person – you’re just as wrong as you think they are.
Because there’s every chance they have the same level of conviction as you, that makes you wrong. Even if you don’t believe it.
The better person, while standing up for their beliefs, keeps an open mind.
Failure to understand this fundamental fact leads to political, cultural, ethnic and religious conflict. Conflict which gives neither party any lasting gain.
Mutual respect and understanding makes winners of everyone and leads to the best outcomes.
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