Principles for Discourse
  • Acknowledge one’s right to hold his or her given opinion.
  • Consider that one’s viewpoints are at least partially the result of one’s respective life experiences.
  • Challenge the arguments, not the person making them.
  • Sincerely attempt to understand the specifics of the argument at hand.
  • Take a moment to acknowledge points on which you both agree; despite potentially belonging to different political parties or subscribing to different worldviews, you likely still agree on many things.
  • Interpret others’ views as charitably as possible. Err on the side of offering the benefit of the doubt.