Friends that Think Differently are a Blessing

I consider it a real blessing to have friends that I know, like, and trust, that happen to also have very different opinions about things. I’m not talking about whether it feels warm or chilly outside. I’m talking about big, controversial items like what to do about immigration, the national debt, and who would make the best president. Unfortunately, there appears to be a strong trend within our country to demonize those that disagree with us. Really? Do we really want to live in a country where everyone agrees completely about everything? I suggest watching the movie “The Stepford Wives” for an idea of what that might look like.

I say “no thanks”. Let’s disagree.

But please, let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that anyone that disagrees is evil, stupid, or uninformed. As an engineer, I know that there are always multiple answers to any problem. Thinking that there can only be one solution is a sign of an inexperienced or immature engineer. The best engineering solutions always result from lively discussions of opposing or different opinions. The worst solutions happen when one person forces their solution on everyone else.