Daily Prompt: Disagree
“Either you are right or I am right!”
“Well, then, I disagree with you!”
Disagree. Are you telling me that I am wrong? Do you not trust me? Are you insulting my intelligence?
In our minds, our opinions are solid, moral, grounded, and they make sense for us in our lives at that particular moment. But it is in disagreement that we grow.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently said, ““We as a society have not learned to disagree without being violently disagreeable.”
Unfortunately, his words still ring true and continue to resonate in the face of intractable opinion, masked in modern culture, rooted in religion, dogma and delusional thoughts of superiority.
In the company of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Paul Graham gives us a roadmap on how to effectively argue your point. It does not mean that you will always win. In fact, it guarantees that if you do not have your facts and examples lined up to present, you can be outclassed with as little as name calling and ad hominem retorts.
Most of what I hear today in religion, civil war and politics rarely moves above the point of Contradiction on Graham’s scale. The art of disagreement comes with intelligence, empathy and knowledge.