OUR VIEW: Remember when we could disagree and still be friends?

Published 4:40 pm Monday, June 27, 2022

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made a very controversial decision in overturning Roe vs. Wade, essentially giving states the right to decide the legality of abortion.

We could write a book or two on all sides of that issue, including the impact it’ll have on our country. We’re sure many of you could too. But we’ll save that for another day.

Instead, we want to use that ruling as another example in the death of civil discourse. We saw so many social media posts after that decision saying “if you disagree with my opinion, delete me now.” And yes, we saw it from both sides — those in favor of abortion and those against.

Essentially, those posts mean that a person feels so strongly about their opinion that they are not going to hear another person’s side of the story and that they are truly OK with losing friends over it. (Yes, we understand that social media “friends” are different than real friends, but the point is the same.)

We understand that abortion is a subject that strongly defines where a lot of people stand politically, and we also understand how religion drives a lot of opinions on this issue. Out of everything we could discuss, it’s certainly one of the more complicated, heated issues.

But we’ve seen similar posts and thoughts related on other issues.

We see it in how people read their news. If someone doesn’t like the subject of a story, the news outlet is called liberal or conservative. It’s crazy to think that people only want to watch or read news that they “agree” with and only want to be associated with people who have similar opinions as them.

How do you grow if you only talk to people who look and think the same way you do? How does this country grow and become a better place to live?

Isn’t that what our current complaint is about government — the hard lines drawn in the sand between Republicans and Democrats?

It feels like it’d be a lot more impactful to have a conversation than just to block out anyone who has a different opinion than you.

People can’t agree to disagree anymore. It has to be a rage-filled social media fight instead.

What a shame.