Respectful disagreement

Disagreement and discussion are necessary in a democracy. Through argument people are able to understand the views of others and accept the fact that they are not always right.

During this time in the U.S., it is easy to encounter people with different points of views, ideas and beliefs.

We The Threefold Advocate believe that people should actively engage with others. We know that no person is right all the time, and that one side is always right.

However, when we have disagreements it is important to remain respectful. When you disagree with someone it is important to first acknowlege the reason why someone else stands for what they believe.

Everyone has different backgrounds and perspectives. Understanding where people come from will help you come to terms with your disagreement and maybe allow you to see it from their perspective.

Secondly, it is important to focus on the facts. Be sure that when you are making a point, you can back it up with facts.

Next make sure you are paying attention to what the person is really saying. Do not just focus on your response to each of their points. Also, do not take the disagreement personally.

One of the last steps is to recognize the good in the other person. One should accept that every person is doing what they think is best, though you may still disagree with them.

Finally, if you end in a disagreement do not end the relationship. You can agree to disagree. In fact, surrounding yourself by those you disagree with is a good thing.

Because of all this, We The Threefold encourage disagreement and discussion on campus. However, be sure to do it in a respectful manner.