Everyone has different opinions and that’s ok. Why would we even want to have identical opinions as others? It’s great to have common interests with someone, to build wonderful friendships or partnerships, but your thoughts and opinions on all subjects don’t have to be the same as theirs. What would we have to talk about? What if you want to have your friend join you for dinner at your favorite restaurant, but your friend doesn’t like that cuisine?
Would you stop having that person as a friend? Would you berate that person for not liking your favorite restaurant? Of course not!
I know, that’s sounds pretty simplistic. But that is basically what appears to be happening in today’s world. We don’t seem to have the freedom to express our opinions much anymore without someone taking offense. In America, Land of the Free.
There’s an old quote from over a hundred years ago that says “Never discuss politics or religion in polite company”, and still holds true today, except along the way, some think “sex and race” should have been added. And in today’s society, that applies to Facebook and other social media as well. I guess when you aren’t talking to a person face to face about a difference of opinion, manners go out the window.
Come to think of it, maybe we should all start following that old etiquette rule.
Our opinions are based on a number of things, including our life experiences, our personal beliefs, and maybe as a result of people we have met along the way. It doesn’t matter. My opinion is neither necessarily right, nor wrong, but it is how I feel. It’s what I believe. As long as I respect your right to have your own personal opinion, I expect you to give me the same courtesy.
I have friends of different religions, ethnic backgrounds, alternative lifestyles and political affiliations, and I accept each one for who they are, even though I may not always agree with everything they do or believe. But that’s ok! When talking with others, I’m curious about their customs and traditions, and where they came from and how they got to where we are at that particular time. If a person has a different opinion, I’m curious as to why they feel like they do. I love the diversity of the people I know. The only exceptions are those that are just downright mean or evil.
If we have a conversation with someone that we don’t agree with or they don’t agree with us, we need to remember that “We can agree to disagree”. I assure you the world won’t stop.
Respecting Others Opinions Video
Anyway…here’s a short video by a wonderful young lady about respecting other’s opinions.