I think sometimes we learn more when we listen to people with whom we disagree.
It's really easy to read and invest further on topics we like, when the person confirms that we are right, or tells us more information on what we want to hear.
It confirms we know what we are on about and validates our thinking.
But it's a mistake to dismiss those who contradict or disagree with our way of thinking or have a different viewpoint.
You don't have to read or listen expecting or wanting to change your position (although to be fair in some cases this wouldn't hurt) or because you want to be wrong.
And none says you have to be their friend.
It's because the world is full of people who have ideas you don't agree with and they aren't always wrong .
It's because the world is full of people who don't agree with your ideas and you aren't always wrong .
I hear it all the time: "life is too short for......"
...hanging out with dumb people
...not taking chances
But no, for most of us life is long.
Long enough to make a generous selection of bad choices and still have time to get it right.
(If this isn't true then none should try and change their negative ways as there's not enough time to benefit)
Two words that should be used sparingly.
Things we always do and things we never do are not the same as the things that others always do and never do.
Things we always do and never do now are not the same as things we always or never did in the past.
Chances are the things we always and never do in the future will be different too.
So perhaps always and never should be used sparingly.
Julz Darroch at bigredball