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I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.
-- Victor Frankl
 

 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Communication and cooperation

You don’t have to completely agree with another person in order to have a fruitful dialogue with that person. You and that other person don’t have to fully understand each other in order to cooperate with each other.

Agreement and understanding can be worthy goals. But don’t let their absence serve as an excuse to shut down communication and cooperation.

Indeed, the way to increase understanding is through robust communication. The way to arrive at agreement is through cooperation.

Great progress is made by people who agree to disagree. Peace and prosperity come not by forcing everyone to agree, but by respecting and tolerating differences of opinion.

Your enemy is not the person who disagrees with you. Your enemy is the person who refuses to interact with you other than by brute force.

The good things you enjoy in life are brought to you by communication and cooperation among people of widely differing backgrounds and viewpoints. It is in your best interest, and everyone’s, to keep up that enormously beneficial behavior.

— Ralph Marston

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