Why you should be more open to listening in political conversations

Emma Gage, Reporter

We live in a country full of opposing views and political parties and many people think that they have to choose a side, and never look back. From this idea we do not get progression on important topics, but instead we find ourselves in a stalemate where each side is continually yelling back and forth and no one is listening.

Conversations are held in order to gain understanding about a subject. How can you understand someone’s reason for believing in what they do if you never actually take a breath, step back and listen? Politics don’t have to be an argument.

Many people turn defensive when someone disagrees with them, especially when it comes to politics. But, what if instead of just assuming the the other person is wrong and ending the discussion there, we asked, “Why?” It would open up a conversation where you might find yourself understanding a topic and changing how you feel about a concept.  

If you want to share your opinion you have to have someone that wants to listen. No one will want to have a conversation with you if the only thing you’re going to do is argue. However, if you are open to others’ ideas, you will appear as a less confrontational person and someone who is willing to talk.

This doesn’t just apply to people who are very politically active, it can go for those who are unsure about their political beliefs. Listening to others will not only keep you up to date with what is happening in the country, but it may also give you a chance to look at both sides and formulate your own opinion.

When having a discussion, it is always important to remember that political opinions are just that: opinions. As much as you may think your party is right about a topic, your view is just one perspective in a country of millions.