We often surround ourselves with like minded people who agree with the same things we agree with, and when we meet someone who we disagree with, we cast them out of our social group.
However this is not healthy, I have a friend who disagrees with me on pretty much everything.
At first I was tempted to shun him, because the issues we got into were highly fractious topics and I thought ‘how can I be friends with someone who thinks this’, but generally we get along well and so I didn’t, and I’m glad.
He always calls me out on anything I post that is remotely political and, although I still do not agree with him on many issues, it’s helped me to take a step back and think about things more clearly. To see things from the other side of the fence and to think about things in a way I would otherwise have not.
It’s easy to agree or disagree with things without thinking about them too much, but when you have a friend who disagrees with you it helps you work out why it is you think that way. Helps you analyse your beliefs, maybe you still hold the same opinion at the end, maybe that opinions shifts, the important thing is to keep thinking.