Some arguments in life cannot be won without severe consequences.
Matters of principle are hard to let go of but our humanity is important. Our emotional health is important. And so is community health.
The idea of “let’s agree to disagree” serves those two.
Emotionally, letting go of the need to change another’s mind that is not willing to be changed frees up our resources.
This agreement is also how to maintain humanity in community. A community will always have differing thoughts. How much we turn a blind eye to is a balance of our principles and seeing the humanity in the other person. That’s to say – turning a blind eye to the person’s contrasting principles is not the same as turning a blind eye on our own.
We can continue to forge ahead, releasing the need to change those who don’t want to be changed.