Debate as a way to learn and grow

I spent the weekend with some relatives who are “blues” in this majority “red” area of my state. There’s a certain joy in being able to speak freely about your views of the world. There’s also a downside. I never wanted to be the old person sitting around talking about “those” people. “They” are my same color, same ethnic origin, but over the last couple decades my friends, who claim to be inclusive, have created an “other”. We lament that “they” can’t be argued with, that they are illogical, but “we” don’t seem to be developing our skills of engaging with whom we disagree.

I don’t know if this hevruta thing is anything with any real weight to it, but I like the idea. Jonathan Haidt tweeted it, and he’s pretty smart.