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reply to post by Boadicea
Well, there isn't any point in getting angry about it. If you get angry when you're talking about it, then you don't take the time to try to see where the other side is.
Every so often, you find that one person who is able to articulate the opposing view in a novel way that makes you see things in a slightly different light and re-evaluate what you thought before. I admit that I'm getting to that age where it's getting harder and harder to find an opposing viewpoint I haven't seen before, but they still exist, so I keep looking.
The real key is to approach things with the idea that you aren't going to change anyone. You're there to understand them, not change them. Sometimes, you can find a middle ground where you both can agree and work out from there. But usually, you're going to have to agree to disagree in the main and carry on from that point.
The older I get, the more I know that I don't know. I don't even hope to change anyone except myself. But maybe thru dialogue, opposing opinions can find that middle ground, and find a way to solve problems in the best interests of all. No one will get everything they want, but hopefully we can all get what we need. And if we can be a thorn in the side of the NSA and the PTB at the same time, so much the better!
...I admit that I still have what some would deem extremist views and yeah the hypocrisy on both sides gets to me.
What do they say about the first step? Admitting a problem? Well that's me
Maybe this is a turning point for me. Maybe it's time for me to start looking on both sides and finding some middle ground. I guess I am still at a point, albeit late, that I am just so tired of it.
...but it's hard to get past ego isn't it
This thread is simply a way to deflect any blame on 'your team'. Obama is the current president presiding over this failing nation.
In my part .. we call those traitors. ALL of them, including the supporters.
edit on 11-12-2013 by LeoStarchild because: (no reason given)