Consider today this comic reposted by AllSides | @allsidesnow and this challenge from Sharon McMan | @sharonsaysso
“I know that the fractures America faces are real, and they are deep.
But damaged doesn’t mean irreparable. Just because we currently have a culture of verbal drive by shootings doesn’t mean it can’t change.
Things have been worse before, and they can get better.
Weird but true: we can all collectively *decide* to make them better. Just like that. With small incremental changes. With tiny imperfect actions every day.
It starts with knowing that much of the time: we do not TRULY understand where someone else is coming from.
I hear so many people saying “Well the REPUBLICANS are XYZABC173937191.” Or, “DEMOCRATS feel like they ________.”
FRIENDS. We mostly misunderstand. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to ASSUME you don’t have a full picture of where someone is coming from until you ask.
And that’s where the true power lies. The true power comes from understanding someone who is not like you. And knowing that understanding does not obligate you to agree with them.
Understanding is power.
I’d love to encourage you to ask someone: “Can you tell me more about how you arrived at that conclusion?”
And then do not listen to respond. Listen to understand.
Understanding is power. Don’t assume you know. Assume you don’t and then be pleasantly surprised.”
May we cultivate a spirit of loving curiosity so, when it is safe to do so, we can hold the door open in welcome to those coming away from racism, homophobia, sexism, and other forms of oppression.