Advice For Political Adversaries
Found this at the end of a SciFi (space opera really) book I read recently. It seems to me to be especially relevant advice for today:
"Don’t hate the opponent. Oppose them. Debate them. Disagree with them. But then, at the end of the day, break bread with them."
(Webb, Nick. Liberty: Book 6 of the Legacy Fleet Series (p. 418). Kindle Edition.)
Actually, it really comes naturally to me. I know I am a type A personality and I prefer to go through obstacles rather than around or over them but I really do not enjoy verbal confrontations. (Although that does not keep me from donning my "Don't blame me. I voted for Trump" shirt and my MAGA hat and going shopping. ) I remember many years ago - back when I was an "every time the doors are open" church goer there was a fellow parishioner with whom I disagreed about many points of doctrine. We really disagreed a lot. But that did not mean that when the Church had an ice cream social (everybody brought a churn of home made ice cream) we would not sit side by side and eat from each other's churn. We could disagree without being disagreeable.