Debating the ‘Mount Rushmore of’ a talented field is a great form of entertainment when hanging out with others. Of course, that #4 position is usually a tough call:
MR of Muppets? Kermit, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and _____
MR of exercise? Running, Swimming, Biking and _____
MR of quarterbacks? Brady, Montana, Unitas and _____
MR of 60’s cars? Corvette, Mustang, GTO and _____
MR of laptops? Apple, Dell, Surface and _____
MR of rock bands? Beatles, Stones, U2 and _____
MR of colleges? Harvard, Yale, Stanford and _____
MR of romantic cities? Venice, Paris, Rome and _____
MR of desserts? Bread Pudding, Pecan Pie, Ice Cream and _____
MR of board games? Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk and _____
While you likely disagree with many of my Top 3 above, chances are you’re not going to get upset with my opinion. Instead, you’ll counter with a few different thoughts, we’ll politely discuss the ‘why’ and conclude by acknowledging there is more than one way to view things.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could approach politics, religion and social issues that currently divide our world in a similar manner? You’re entitled to your opinion. I’m entitled to mine. We both seek a clearer understanding of our different viewpoints to learn from each other.
Seems that would be a much better approach than one where people are set staunchly in their beliefs and – whether from fear, firmness or frustration – aren’t open to anything that differs from their own.
Here’s a suggestion for a starting point toward change:
MR of manners? Show Respect, Listen, No Judging and _____