I’m angry that there’s so much anger in the world right now.
We’re right, you’re wrong.
You don’t know what you’re talking about.
You can’t be my friend anymore.
Unfortunately, this is the state of our conversation, right now.
There is an anger arms race because the places where we tend to have our conversations, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram reward anger rather than measured conversation.
The angrier we get, the more the algorithm shares it.
I am not arguing to get off social media. Rather that we must civilize our discourse on it.
It is, after all, SOCIAL media, a place to gather and connect.
It is my hope that we can learn to listen again, to learn to disagree agreeably, to stop demonizing the other.
We all want the things we want for our families, for our children, for our communities.
We may have different views about how we do that, but I hope we can learn to listen to each other.
To suspend judgment, to try to understand why someone holds a particular opinion.
And again, to listen. It’s not about being right. It’s about building and strengthening relationships.
What are some ideas that you have for how we can bridge this anger gap and start having meaningful conversations again?