Save a friendship, Save our country.
How do we fight divisiveness?
Divisiveness today is the foundation for political power and instability in our country. But what if YOU could do something - one on one - to fight it? If we could eradicate divisiveness maybe we could fight back together against the political corruption that oppresses us all.
Here’s one way: Walk a mile in your friend’s shoes. Consider information from their sources. Don’t react. Don’t judge. LEARN. EMPATHIZE.
Do you have a friend that voted the other way and now you are having trouble talking to each other?
What can you do to understand your friend’s point of view?
There are still things you have in common. You both love your country. BUT you have different news sources and different interpretations and analyses of events, resulting in completely different views about what is going on. You both think you’re right. You both feel that “the other side” is living in a different reality. But are we really? Maybe if you listened you’d find that, oftentimes, you both want the same things.
Sometimes, knowing what your friends are seeing and hearing on Mainstream Media can help you step out of your silo, and into your friend’s shoes. And wouldn’t you like your friend to do the same?
As part of our Heal the Divide Campaign, we have a challenge for you...
Dare a friend. Double Dog Dare a friend. Do it on Facebook and Twitter and pass it on. Let it go viral.
Dare your friend to watch one hour of a news show of your choice for 3 days - you pick the show - and you do the same for them. Then afterwards, get together (maybe over coffee or lunch) to compare notes.
If it's not possible to get together, pick up the phone, or simply compare notes on Facebook.
Are you thinking that you couldn’t possibly stomach watching your friend’s show for 3 days? Guess what? Your friend is thinking the same thing.
That’s what make this a challenge, A Dare.
Can you do it? Would you do it?
Do whatever it takes to rise to the challenge. Sit in front of your computer, take notes to fact check, have a cup of coffee (or beverage of choice).
This is your friend. Don’t you want to understand their world a little more? Isn’t that what friends are for?
Ground rules: make a commitment to*:
- Be curious and open to learning.
- Show respect and suspend judgment.
- Find common ground and appreciate differences.
At the end, answer these a few simple questions and post it to Facebook and pass the dare on!
- How did it make you feel?
- What did you learn or what surprised you?
- How has your relationship with you friend changed?
- What can you do to continue to understand your friend's point of view?
Don’t forget to pass it on! Challenge another - and another!
If you can't get your friend to do it, you can still fly solo - pick a show - any show from "the other network" and watch it for 3 nights and share your experience. It can still help you connect with your friend.
*from Living Room Conversations