The disagreements in America right now are nothing new. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were one another’s nemesis before becoming friends in later years. Political cartoons offered scathing critiques of politicians even in the early years of our nation.
In reflecting on those times and observing the political climate of today, I began to wonder: When someone is opposed to a person or their ideals, do they want to be proven right in their views or do they somehow want to be pleasantly surprised to discover they had misjudged? Is it really a sweet victory to be awarded the right to say, “I told you so!” even if that means the country suffers?
Can we somehow change our need to be right and apply that to more personal relationships? Is it better to be proven right and watch the terrible consequences unfold or to find out that we were wrong, and what or who we feared was really not so bad after all?