Accepting and respecting others’ opinions makes everyone better off
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April 17, 2017
Over the past couple of months, there have been many events happening across the world spurring controversial actions. People with greatly differing opinions on world affairs will inevitably clash in some way, and it’s easy for hatred and hostility to grow in these situations. Overcoming these differences is key to spreading more peace across the globe, difficult as it may be.
In the United States, we have recently elected a very controversial president. While some agree with President Trump’s views and some may disagree, nobody will ever feel the same way about issues across the country. No matter where someone’s views lie on the political spectrum, “agreeing to disagree” is a peaceful solution. Friendly debate is good and welcomed, and it’s important to recognize and be exposed to others’ opinions, but forcing them on people is not the best way to do it. Through simply talking and realizing that the opinions of others may vary from one’s own, people can become more knowledgeable and accepting of different opinions.
However, differing opinions and views aren’t limited to politics. Religion can be a touchy topic in many situations, and prejudices and opinions run deep regarding the topic. There are people that believe that those of other religions are evil, and others who feel that nonbelievers are the worst type of person. Again, being such a controversial topic people are guaranteed to disagree and argue about their positions, but it’s not something that people will ever completely agree on. Diversity is important and having different religions adds to varying cultures, and accepting that others will have different beliefs will lead to more peaceful agreements.
Throughout all disagreements in life, mutual respect leaves everyone better off. Respecting one another’s views and beliefs is one of the best ways to find peace with others. There’s no good way to force others to believe something or think a certain way, and trying to do so will never yield good results. Mutual respect for one another’s beliefs is the way to reach peaceful agreement, and in a time like this is especially important.