One can seize on our differences, or celebrate the commonality.
This is a response, of sorts, to my post a while ago about avoiding conflict. I think that, in addition to what I said then, I look for the things in people that we share in common, rather than go after our differences. There will ALWAYS be differing POVs, and belaboring the point, most of the time, I don’t find particularly beneficial to me, or to them.
Take Dustbury, e.g. He’s this guy whose politics are probably more conservative than mine, though I have noticed that I’ve agreed with him recently on some governmental overreach issues. AND he knows more about My Little Pony than my daughter does. But I celebrate with him Continue reading “Looking for the commonality”
I was always a GOOD kid. I had anger, but it was quite suppressed growing up.
Dan Van Riper, the Albany Weblog guy, first wrote to Ask Roger Anything: Roger, I… I’m sorry, I can’t think of anything to ask. I really want to but… I can’t. Why not?
Because my life’s an open book? Because you’re having dental work done?
But then he came back, and asked: Wait, I just thought of a question. It’s actually been in the back of my head for some time. You’ve said more than once that you don’t like conflict between people, that when it happens you tend to shy away from it. I know several people who are like that. My question is, why? Do you have any idea where that comes from? Or is that too personal?
To answer the last, easiest, question, no, it’s not too personal.
I suppose I need to define the terms. My daughter’s favorite Beatles song is “We Can Work It Out,” which features the line: “Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.”