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Your Life: Understanding differences starts with listening

Charlotte Lankard: The answer to facing differences in religion, culture or lifestyles may involve listening to understand those who are different from us.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Published: October 8, 2013

Tippett asks: How do we speak the questions we don't know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? Civil Conversations illustrates how it is possible.

Boy Scout troop leader Chris Wood teaches, “When you see someone you don't agree with, people's instinct is to turn them away. In reality you are better doing the opposite. You should look at them and say, ‘Let's talk.'”

A line from a video produced by Cleveland Clinic poses the question: “If you could stand in someone else's shoes — hear what they hear, see what they see, feel what they feel — would you treat them differently?”

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