What do you see that is good in the position of the other? And what troubles you about your own position?

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned Krista Tippett and her phenomenal podcast, On Being. You should really listen to it if you don’t already. Here’s the description for one of her recent podcast episodes:

“It’s hard to imagine honest, revelatory, even enjoyable conversation between people on distant points of American life right now. But in this public conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, Matt Kibbe and Heather McGhee show us how. He’s a libertarian who helped activate the Tea Party. She’s a millennial progressive leader. They are ‘bridge people’ for this moment — holding passion and conviction together with an enthusiasm for engaging difference, and carrying questions as vigorously as they carry answers.”

About 2/3’s of the way into the show, Krista Tippett springs this pair of questions on both interviewees. This duo is one part empathy and one part humility. She acknowledges that you have to build up enough trust and mutual respect in order for these questions to have any impact. But do it right, and boy is the result worth it for your relationships with people who see things differently than you do.

Source: Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast interview with Matt Kibbe and Heather McGhee

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