Our fourth and final post with excerpted ideas to bringing about a healthy debate, originally posted by the Chopra Center, 4 Tips to Have a Healthy Debate, is the most obvious, find common ground. Common ground is basic and includes joy, health, and comfort.
Find Common GroundMany debates, arguments, and protests all come from a good place. Although you may have your own ideas of how to achieve particular goals, these are basic human wants:
- Reliable work with fair pay.
- Clean food and water.
- Nice environment to raise children.
- Health care for everyone, young and old.
- Freedom to live how you desire.
When any group or person feels the above list is threatened, they become upset, depressed, angry, and often blame others. The 'others' that are blamed will more than likely be those of another group or race that they do not understand. Again, this is where the research and questions come into play. You cannot make another person research or even have desire to learn but you can ask questions that make them think while partaking in conversation.
Finding common ground can be found if you practice patience and love. We are here to work together, build each other up, and detach from the programming that has been placed upon us since birth. Whenever you find yourself in any debate, remind yourself of the labels you were given before you even take your first breath: your country, your sexual preferences, the clothes you wear, the food you eat, the religion you follow, your name—so many labels that you know as pure truth until you begin to adventure through life.