Facebook Has Us Talking to Those Who Think Like Us—and That's Not Good Enough
I do the same thing, scrolling down through my Facebook page and agreeing (for the most part) with this or that comment. Perhaps we all do. As the US gets more and more polarized, there are only two sides, only two ways to understand an issue: our way and the wrong-minded way.
Foolish as that may be, it’s comfortable. It’s nice to have your opinions well regarded. It’s an ego-booster, makes you feel good and sleep well, but it doesn’t do a single thing to change minds. Minds are changed by listening, carefully listening to another point of view and looking at a world-view through another pair of eyes
We live in a very complicated country and, for the most part, grew up with our tribe—those who went to the same schools, came from pretty much the same economic background and shared political thoughts, if we ever took the time to do that. So it’s hard for a middle-class, white-collar guy like me to truly understand what it’s like to have a livelihood simply dry up. I’ve never been out of a…