Disagreeing with another person is a normal part of life. The problem becomes with the disagreement creates a gulf that divides us and makes us see the other person as different or other.
In his new book, Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, Arthur C. Brooks wants to remind his readers that in spite of the ideas that divide us, there is still a way to for us to come together. We can still disagree on any number of issues, but we have to find a way to live and work together. It is possible, Mr. Brooks argues, but it takes effort, especially when it is easier to rely on baseless accusations and schoolyard-esque name calling.
One of my favorite examples in this book was a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement and a man who supports you know who. Politically and ideologically, these men couldn’t be more different. But yet they were able to find common ground to agree on something. This is the point of the book. Mr. Brooks understands that there are many in this country who are very far apart when it comes certain ideas or subjects. That’s fine but, we must make an attempt to find something to agree upon.
I recommend it.