Ever since I heard this question on the Tim Ferris podcast, I love to ask it before getting into a political/religious/philosophical discussion.
If a person answers, “no.” Then I cut off discussion.
I have no interest in having a discussion with someone who will talk over me or politely wait until I close my mouth so they can open theirs.
“No” means I don’t care what you have to say because I already have all the answers.
It’s this willful ignorance that is so detrimental to society and it exists on all sides of the political/religious/philosophical spectrum.
And if you’re one of the many people who feel the inclination to also respond with “no” then I humbly suggest you check your friend group.
If all your friends look and believe as you do then chances are their are a lot of gaps in your knowledge.
I grew up as a conservative New Yorker. 90% of my friends and family are liberal democrats, therefore I can argue the liberal democrat’s point of view better than most liberal democrats because I understand the pitfalls of their arguments that they themselves cannot see (or are unwilling to see).
If you are unable to play devil’s advocate for “the other side” without resorting to cliches and labels then I suggest you open your mind because as Barrack Obama once said, “No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise.”
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