Can we agree to disagree?

With everything going on and each individual facing their own challenges, society has become very polarized. Where there are different people, there are different opinions. And that’s a good thing. While I was sitting and pondering, I couldn’t help but think of my grandfather. He was calm like a ZEN Buddhist and he had the skill – and the strength – to just sit and listen, trying to understand the other person’s perspective without judgement. I know he often had a different point of view, but he was accepting. To accept doesn’t mean to agree. He was selective in his words, how he expressed himself and whether it would be of any benefit to do so. Needless to say, I admire him. Especially in these times, maybe we could agree to disagree more often and just let it be. Maybe we could listen more, be more selective with our words, and let go of the urge to convince the other person. After all, can we ever really know that our opinion is ‘right’?

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