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Updated: 2/20/2019
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  • Winnie I hate your political viewpoints and opinions. I don’t think I can be your friend anymore! 
  • Janice that is just rude! Don’t you know how to have a civil conversation with someone? 
  • Doesn’t everyone belittle people until they feel better about themselves and more secure in your own opinions nowadays? 
  • No way! Even though we don’t have the same opinions and beliefs, there are a lot of ways for us to still be friends.
  • Okay, but if I act like your opinions don’t exist, will they go away?
  • No, but I just saw a TED talk about this! Zachary Wood said “Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn’t make them go away because millions of people agree with them."
  • I can try to be patient with you, but I saw a lot of facts on Wikepedia that says why my side is right. So even though I can listen to your wrong thoughts, I have facts to back me up.
  • You can’t always trust what you read on the internet! Just because it is easily accessible doesn’t mean it is automatically correct. My side has facts to back up our beliefs too. No one likes to look at the truths of the other side.
  • I’m really sorry for judging you so harshly. I guess I didn’t think of all the facts both sides have. I just got caught up in my own opinions. How can I improve our conversations in the future?
  • You’re forgiven, Janice. A way you can improve conversations in the future is to be more open to asking questions and offering different opinions respectfully. Just treat people with kindness and understanding, and differing opinions won’t be a problem.
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