The lost art of arguing

Jaden Vander Berg- News Editor

The time has come; Donald J. Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States of America. Throughout the past few days a variety of reactions to his presidency have spread across the country. Our nation is experiencing riots and protests, and many liberals are saying the world is over and refusing to accept Trump as their president. On the other side of the aisle, Republicans are telling said liberals to suck it up and get over it.

This discourse turns into the petty Facebook arguing we cannot go a day without seeing. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good, all-out brawl every once and awhile, but I read those online arguments to gain knowledge. I read articles and opinion pieces skewed one way or another to gain more information as to why people believe what they believe.

However, many people hold no respect for the other side anymore. Many individuals approach differing ideas with the mentality of ‘I believe what I believe and there is nothing you can say to ever change my mind.’ This thought processis extremely harmful. When we start placing everything in certainties and absolution, the worst is brought out. Wars are built on this type of rhetoric.

In today’s society, there is such an air moral superiority and intellectual dominance. This type of blatant disregard for the other side leads to people fighting over social media and in comment sections instead of having healthy conversations that lead to greater understanding and respect for all persons involved.

This ideology most recently, and clearly, depicted itself in the recent Women’s March held last Saturday, Jan. 21. The rally was a protest against the newly appointed administration as well as a gathering promoting equal rights for women. Millions of feminists from across the country flooded to Washington, D.C., and hundreds of ‘sister sites’ around the nation.

The march was intended to be one of unity and inclusivity, one where men and women alike could come together in solidarity for the oppressed. But not everyone was invited.

The New Wave Feminists, founded in 2007, is a pro-life movement. Their platform revolves around efforts to take back feminism from those who have corrupted it and to celebrate the sanctity of human life.

The group’s website claims that “sometime before we were born our womanhood was traded for a handful of birth control pills, the ‘privilege’ to degrade ourselves in playboy, and the “right” to abort our children.”

At one point the group was one of the sponsors of the march, but after receiving backlash from the pro-choice community they were “dis-invited” because of their pro-life stance. This type of exclusivity seems to be exactly the opposite from what the left and many feminists claim to be all about. This then begs the question, ‘Can you only be a feminist, social justice warrior, etc. if you believe what I believe?’

I am not endorsing a party or sharing who I voted for, but rather hoping that you will take a look at yourself. How have you conducted conversations with people who believe different ideals than you, either on Facebook or in person? Is there an attitude of respect in your conversations, or do your discussions become a battle ground of who can shout the loudest? Are you willing to engage with those whose differ from your own in order to gain a greater understanding? These are all questions we need to ask ourselves in the next few months and even years. Donald Trump is now the president and there is nothing we can do to change that. Now, we must work together to make America a country for all people.

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