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To maintain the civilized dialogue
which is essential to a functioning democracy,
avoid responding with ad hominem attacks
on those whose views differ from yours,
allow others their say.

When you treat others with respect,
you maintain credibility with the undecided
and make it easier for the more moderate in the other camp
to stay open, to perhaps forage a working relationship with you.

Attack the “others” relentlessly, hurl angry words and epithets
and you incentivize them to circle the wagons and close ranks,
hindering the very progress desired.

If you want to be listened to, first listen.
If you wish others to change, be open to change.
For who among us can afford to cease learning?

Closing Quotes:

“It is hypocrisy to claim to want to give hearing to other views but be shocked and offended to discover there are other views.” – William Buckley, lightly edited

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” – John 8:7

“What others do and say is their Karma, how you respond is yours.” – Zen saying

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier