Have you noticed how dismissive people can be if you have a different opinion from theirs?
Whether we are discussing politics, culture, religion or even the weather, different people will definitely have different opinions/ views.
Different opinions or views are as a result of our upbringing, culture, backgrounds or where we are positioned at the moment. From infancy, we begin to absorb the opinions of our parents, guardians and the people we interact with, these interactions are what helps us form our opinions about issues.
It is therefore important that we respect other people’s opinions. This doesn’t mean we should discard ours as wrong but we should give everyone the privilege of having an opinion. Forcing your opinion down the person’s throat will most likely result in conflict.
Do not get me wrong, not every opinion is valid but irrespective of that, everyone is still entitled to their opinion.
To drive a point which you believe to be true, you may have to respectfully provide evidence to buttress your point/ opinion without insisting that it must be acceptable as being correct.
I’ll give a practical example.
5 + 5 = 10
This mathematical Statement is true .
9 + 1 = 10 ALSO
The fact that one statement is right doesn’t make the other wrong and vice versa.
In listening without the intention to put down anyone with a different opinion, we might be able to learn even from the most ‘ stupid’ people.
And like Mathew 7: 12 states,
“ Do to other whatever you would like them to do to you.
This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets”