Can We Really Agree To Disagree?

We don’t all agree. That point is definitely something we can certainly all agree on. When the subject of politics or religion comes up I can tell you that there will be a lot of disagreement.

Over the past four years, I have seen just how people agree to disagree. The fact is that you can’t disagree. There is no agreement about it. If you don’t like someone’s politics or whatever the issue is then instead of agreeing to disagree, you are wrong or intimidated to feel stupid if you don’t agree.

Social media has made things much more heated with people being able to post hateful comments and protected by the anonymity of their screens. You can’t have your own opinion because someone will attack it simply because they don’t agree whether they have legitimate proof or not.

Most recently, I have chosen to turn off the comments to my blog because I don’t need to read any of them. Positive or Negative. I don’t need them. I have a right to my own opinion without being attacked for them. What I post in my blog is my opinion and I don’t need to debate anyone about it. If someone doesn’t agree with me, they are welcome to start their own blog or social media site. I agree we can disagree but it simply doesn’t work. It is sad how people look for reasons to attack someone and tear them down.

So this notion that we can agree to disagree is total bull hockey. It doesn’t exist. It seems we can’t simply have our own opinions without being attacked for being labeled a Democrat or Republican. If we all have a right to our opinions, it shouldn’t matter. We all have our opinions and shouldn’t be intimidated to change them just to go along with the crowd.

Don’t be bullied about your opinion. We can still get along and not agree. The Bible even says “if it is up to you, live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18) Let us have our opinions, even if you don’t agree. If you really mean that you can agree to disagree then do it. Don’t say that when everyone is agreeing with you.

If you think you can change someone’s opinion, good luck with that. I have never seen anyone change their opinion when someone disagrees with them. I have never personally witnessed someone change their minds. Debating is a waste of time. No one wins. It becomes an arms race in the battle of wits. I am not a quick-witted person so I choose not to involve myself in debates.

I think we can have our opinions and live in peace with others. We don’t always have to push our opinions. Just treat people with respect and refrain from using your trigger finger on the keyboard to post a reply or comment to tear someone down. It takes a lot more courage to encourage someone. After the year that we have had, we all need some encouraging words. If you can’t do that, then don’t say anything at all.

So if you’re looking for the comment option on this post, don’t waste your time. It won’t be there. I don’t have time for haters. Just agree that we can disagree.