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It’s Okay to Disagree January 9, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — rlginny @ 3:32 am

Dear Baby Girl,

I want you to know it’s okay to disagree with people, even the people who run your country.

That means, also, that it’s okay for people to not have the same opinion as you. It does not make them evil. You can try to discuss whatever issue it is you disagree on, you can try to sway their opinion, but you cannot force them to agree with you and that’s okay.

It is NOT okay to use physical violence or force when you have disagreements. Physically hurting someone else (except in self defense, which is another matter all together) is never okay. Hurting someone else because they have an opinion different from yours is not okay and, to be honest, down right stupid.

There are people in this world who think their way is the only way. They refuse to listen to opposing opinions or sides and refuse to compromise. But our country is based on freedom of speech and that means listening to “a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours”.

That’s hard. Accepting that which you disagree with so vehemently is very hard. But it’s important and necessary for the world to work and function as it should. Disagreements are necessary and valid.

Learn to argue your points and beliefs, and don’t let someone bully you into letting them go for no good reason.

Love,

Mommy

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