Advice For Political Adversaries

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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.)

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In the immortal words of Rodney King "Can't we all just get along?"

Kajm's avatar

That is something the Lir will do.

Many (maybe not Most) Humans.... not likely.

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.