We don’t have to agree on everything.

Let’s be honest, we don’t have to agree on anything.

We have different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and they all have an influence on our worldview.

Disagreeing is important.

Too often, people live in echo chambers, with only the voices of those who sound like them for company.  It distorts the mind, creates ruts, dulls the senses.

When we come across someone different, it can help us to consider our view and to think about how we got there.

My wife and I disagree all the time.

My teenage kids and I disagree all the time.

The people I work with disagree all the time.

And that’s a very good thing.

So feel free to disagree, but can we all agree on one thing?

All of the name calling.

The abuse.

The yelling.

The ALL CAPS TYPING.

The harmful vitriol that’s designed to belittle and intimidate.

Let’s leave that behind.

Let’s make the world a better place.

Not by smiling and agreeing with each other about everything.

But by disagreeing with civility, love and sometimes, silence.