Have you ever noticed how horrible the people are who disagree with you? I mean, how do they not understand? Obviously their either stupid or just bad people.
Or maybe you live in a bubble.
Here is a piece of advice: Pop your political bubble! Do it now!
All a sudden, Republicans control both houses of Congres, the Presidency, 33 Governorships, and 32 state legislatures. Those stats leave out the thousands and thousands of local elections that would take way to long to delve into. Whether you see this as a good or bad thing, very few people saw this coming.
The vast majority of my twenty-something friends, whose opinions are obviously on the left, are bewildered by the political environment of our country right now. My social media feeds are continuously filled with themes of “resist,” derogatory memes, and anger filled bafflement. It seems like they’ve actually convinced themselves that their rights are going to be lost.
At the same time, nearly every Republican I know spends half their time basking in joy over the last election and the other half being just as mad as they were before the election at the “snowflakes” who disagree with them. “We won. Get over it,” they say. My social media feeds are continuously filled with themes of “taking our country back” (as if they’d lost it), derogatory memes, and anger filled bafflement. It seems like they’ve actually convinced themselves that the prior administration and “elites” were making a concerted effort to take their rights away.
I can picture the Democrat reading paragraph two above this and shaking their head with anger while the Republican giggles. Then OH HOW THE TIDE TURNS when you get to the next paragraph.
The reason for all this anger and bafflement (I know that’s a great word huh?): everyone lives in a bubble that has blinded them to the realities of lives of people with different opinions.
For those of us who actually do desire clarity in this world of partisan bickering, there are lots of ways you can take the bold step to go about bursting your own bubble online. One fantastic tool is https://www.escapeyourbubble.com/. But simply using these tools isn’t enough. You have to actually take the mental and emotional step to try to understand the why behind the arguments of the other side, not just know what the arguments are.
And yes, it can even be done in person! Whaaaat?! OMG! Speaking to people you disagree with in person? How do you even do that? I thought it was required to happen in the comment section online.