Political debates are a contest of pride by close-minded and ignorant people.
It took a long time for me to arrive at that conclusion. I did not want to admit that I too could harbor bias.
I have engaged in many political debates on Facebook. I have read many as well. There appears to be a reoccurring theme in most political feuds.
One implies that the members of another group are ignorant. Then assumes his or herself to be more educated and right. This sentiment is mirrored by the opposition.
With neither group willing to entertain the possibility of being wrong, their ears remain closed failing to consider what the other has said. Each attempt to score points on the other. As if to say: Ah! I have you there, ignorant fool.
The debate regresses into a state of name-calling. False assumptions are made, tempers are kindled and friendships destroyed.
Political bias is an American tragedy. The polarization of the liberal and the conservative in the young and the old, in the atheist and the Christian, and in the urban and rural dweller is a shame.
When family members cannot sit together in harmony, there is a problem. When organizations are splintered into political factions, there is a problem. When millennials distance themselves from boomers for political reasons, there is a problem.
The solution is to overcome political bias within ourselves. To discover what it means to have an open mind. Minds that can reason without filling with rage are peacemakers.
It requires troublesome work to undertake the alteration of old beliefs. Self-conceit often regards it as a sign of weakness to admit that a belief to which we have once committed ourselves is wrong. We get so identified with an idea that it literally a “pet” notion and we rise to its defense and stop our mental eyes and ears to anything different. Unconscious fears also drive us into purely defensive attitudes that operate like a coat of armor not only to shut out new conceptions but even to prevent us from making a new observation. The cumulative effect of these forces is to shut in the mind and to create a withdrawal from new intellectual contacts that are needed for learning. — John Dewy
For the United States to heal, Americans must set aside their pride and be willing to listen and consider ideas that conflict with their own. This begins when an individual decides to change his or herself instead of others.