Yep, this pretty well sums up the problem. We tend to not truly listen to opposing points of view, nor objectively consider dissenting analyses of our own positions and opinions. This is human nature. We all do it reflexively, even though this behavior is demonstrably harmful to everybody involved in most cases.
How do we get beyond this innate tendency to defend our own positions and dismiss opposing views? Well, that’s a big subject, one that I intend to dive into and explore with any and all well-intended parties here at Real Talk Revolution. I invite you to jump in with me.
(Thanks to Tom Toles, one of my favorite political cartoonists.)