Don’t let your rock-solid views trump your empathy

Refusing to see the world from where other people stand doesn’t mean that their choice is wrong for them

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As a professional gob, I have an opinion on everything. If I’m ever in a medical emergency, the quickest way to check if I’m dead would be to gently whisper in my ear “What are your thoughts on…” and insert any topic. If I’m alive, I’ll have a view.

More recently, every time I have a rock-solid stance on a divisive topic, I’ve forced myself to push certainty aside and look at the opposing view. It’s a way to establish purposeful vulnerability and occasionally ask: “What if I’m wrong?”

The trigger for this is someone who has forced many of us to repeatedly ask “WTF?” – the planet’s most ...

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