I Really Do Care - Let's Share - Together!
Today (the day that just finished)- I met both:
1. Several Potential Allies - who Hopefully at least one of - will connect in the coming days and weeks - building our Connections
2. Several People - whose views - shared in their Group - at The U of California - Berkeley - are significantly different from mine on One Key -Basic Issue.
One of the second group - said to me something like: "Are you open to changing your perspective (e.g. so it will be in alignment with our perspective)?" - to which I responded saying something like: "I try to listen to understand you better. While it is possible that my views will change significantly, it may be a 1 in a million to zillion chance. I want us to respect each other and show our caring, though we may disagree significantly. My intention is Not to Convince you that My Way is 'Right'. I hope that we can find common ground, despite our differences."
It does bother me - when people I really care about and I are hopelessly separated - by our differences! I can't see how we can break down the barriers between us - without Deeply Listening to Each Other - creating - "safe space" - where we can learn and grow! We may still disagree deeply!
I really hope to connect with some of these young people! They have good hearts! It is Easy - to Feel the Divisions - with - "THE OPPOSITION" - whose views are consistently - totally divergent from my views! These People do Care Deeply! Time will tell - I'm hopeful!
If we share - listening to each other - it will take time and patience - on my part! "Success" - will relate to mutual respect - NOT - any substantive Outcome!