Encourage Open-Mindedness To Avoid Future Conflict

In Rick Ackerly’s article, “Keystone of Democracy”, he described the verbal conflicts that arose when Trump was elected president. In his anecdote, a girl named Ginna was furious at the outcomes of the election and became short with a plane passenger during one of her trips. 


As they spoke, however, she discovered that her passenger, who had indeed voted for Trump, did not identify himself as a Trump supporter, but he chose to vote for him because he wanted change, something he thought the government and the American people needed. Ginna admitted that she never considered it like this before and began to feel better about the election. 


What happened here is collaboration, a term that was also used in Ackerly’s article, “Are We Unraveling? Sources of the Rising Rage”,  and a term he claims most students should be taught when attending school, a method that he feels is not being properly carried out today. 


The idea of collaboration is not only significant in the business world, where most people commonly hear it, but in a majority of verbal exchanges. Being proud and overly-confident in your unproven standpoints may offend others who believe otherwise, and vice versa. 


Though collaboration does mean to work together to achieve a common goal, the definition can also be loosely modified to mean to be open-minded as you consider another’s point of view and include it in your own. 


Through this method, you will become more well-rounded in your beliefs, which can further develop your problem-solving skills as you are thinking of what is best for society, not just for yourself or people similar to you. 


An Example of Collaboration Taught in the Home


I was raised to believe that there will always be more than one side to the story. There will always be more than one perspective, that there will always be more than one right answer, and that just because one has a bad reputation does not mean that they will always do awful things. 

During the last presidential campaign, my parents were not fully supportive of candidate Donald Trump simply by his crude choice of words, aggressive attitude and disrespectful behavior in the election. 


However, when he was elected president, they did not cry and protest in outrage as so many have, but instead carried out their days as if they were any other, deciding not to fight, but to give him a fair chance as it occurred to them that others in the country appeared to have truly favored and trusted him. 


When the day came that President Trump enacted a trail of strenuous protection measures throughout airlines across the country, though they verbally recognized and understood the tension it caused amongst people, they also stated that America should have initiated this a long time ago, for safety reasons, and the reason that people are acting this way is because they are unused to it. They were able to see both sides of the event and not just the negative aspect of it. They did not allow their impressions built on from the media derail them from seeing the positives in a stressful incident. 


After witnessing the horrible testimonies of people who opposed Trump, I was seriously concerned with what may happen if he was elected, but my parent’s reaction inspired me to be cautious when deciphering the reasons for one’s actions. You must try to see everything from various points of view before making a decision on how you feel about it, and even then, you should not be sure that the facts that you are basing your decision on is correct. 


When Open-Mindedness is Stifled

Being too stubborn can only encourage negativity and hostility, which can lead to hurtful language and violence. To evade these feelings, it is recommended that you see a licensed therapist such as those found at BetterHelp. With a safe place to vent, you will be able to handle controversial topics in a healthy manner. 

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