I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media about how folks decided to boycott the presidential address on Tuesday night. I posted my clear distaste for Donald Trump on my Instagram stories, by posting a selfie of myself making a funny face, followed by a shot of the television with an “x” through it. I received an overwhelming amount of responses from followers, most of which said that they couldn’t watch it, that it was too upsetting to watch, that they couldn’t stand to see his face/hear his voice, etc etc. Here’s my general response.
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My Thoughts On Being Truly Informed
I believe that in order to be truly and fully informed about a situation, you need to open your eyes and ears to both sides of an argument. One of the main problems that the US faces is that we are truly scared to even listen to a viewpoint other than our own. The conservatives watch Fox news, the liberals watch CNN, and no one will ever budge across the line. Of course, if you only watch CNN, then you’re only exposing yourself to one point of view. If you only engage with Facebook posts that are liberal, then liberal posts are all you will see. We quickly become so reinforced and shrouded by our own views that we no longer even see what’s going on elsewhere.
Truthfully, I’m not perfect. It is so much more comfortable to read the news outlets that resonate with my own beliefs. I can nod and commiserate and feel happy that others have the same ideology. Its so easy.
You know what’s hard? Diving into an opinion or a viewpoint that isn’t your own. It feels icky, uncomfortable; almost like you’re betraying someone. But it’s how we grow. Back in 2016 when we were living in DC, I attended the women’s march. It felt so invigorating to be surrounded by like-minded souls. Instead of leaving it at that, we went to the presidential inauguration parade the next day. I needed to see what it was all about. I wanted to see the faces and families of those who supported this man, and to maybe possibly catch some mumblings on their viewpoints. And guess what? I’m still alive, and my ideology hasn’t changed.
In law school, we learned that knowing your opponent’s argument and view point is an essential skill. When I was on the moot court team, we had to argue BOTH sides of the argument, depending on a coin flip at competition. Until you know every argument backwards and forwards, then you truly cannot understand an argument. One view point is typically more fun to argue because it aligns with your actual feelings and beliefs, but in a court of law that gets you essentially no where. Your case and client will crash and burn because your knowledge is incomplete. It isn’t until we know the other side’s argument that we can start to poke holes in it.
The only way we can learn and grow is to expose ourselves to opinions we find unpopular. That includes presidential addresses from those we don’t view to be so presidential. You can drink champagne all day, but sometimes you have to suck it up for the sake of being an informed individual and have a sip of beer. It won’t kill you – in fact, it will make you that much stronger.
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