That comment got me to thinking about how we feed on our own ideas and opinions. We are simply blown away with our wonderful reasoning and thoughts. And we love preaching to the choir.*
|A business in Hood River Oregon|
posted this sign in front. I admired
Could it be that by simply avoiding the views of other people we become lopsided in our opinions. In our own little world no one disagrees, we are saintly and kind and good and sure of our own place in the universe.
So if one day along comes a stranger with a different opinion, not a bad opinion yet somehow not the same as ours, we are shaken and surprised. We can forget about that other world, the one where people don't agree with us. We don't even realize that on those Facebook pages we do not see or cannot see, we are not considered to be correct.
I think there is a danger in that. My Facebook followers are people that feel like I do about pretty much everything. If they don't agree, they hide their opinions. When I post an article there, I can be almost certain that no one will disagree with me...it is very safe. In my personal life, we all agree to disagree and never talk about politics or religion.
I think that the reason we don't hear or see people saying good things about Trump is because we simply don't want to discuss our ideas with people that do like him...see what I mean? We avoid the experience even in our online life. I personally find it pretty hard not to disagree when I am among them and disagreement makes us all feel bad.
So would it help if I went outside my comfort zone and spent more time with those that don't agree with me? Could I change anything...perhaps even my perception of those that hold opposite views? Maybe I need to quit preaching to the choir and endure a little pain.
What do you think?
*'Preaching to the choir' (also sometimes spelled quire) is of US origin. It clearly refers to the pointlessness of a preacher attempting to convert those who, by their presence in church, have already demonstrated their faith.