A Framework for the Respect for Opinions

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: February 16, 2021
A Framework for the Respect for Opinions

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respect for opinionsA friend of mine recently asked me if I was offended by her politics.  Without going in to a lot of detail, the question arose from some of what she thought were her closest friends “de-friending” on Facebook for her ultra-conservative political stance.

It did not take me long to respond.  About two minutes, actually.  Here is what I said.

Nope, I am not offended.  I do not agree with you but I do respect your opinions as just that, opinions.  Let me say this in no particular order:

1. I am not a conservative and not a liberal.  I am best classed as a former bleeding heart Democrat turned Independent.

2. I disagree with many of your political opinions but that is my problem not yours.

3. I feel the problems in our country have been building up for years – starting with Bush #1.

4. The two mainstream candidates for President are unacceptable in my opinion.  Controlled by a shadow government?  An elitist  who seems to want to put all of us in the former middle class “in our place”?  Who knows.  Whatever the case, unacceptable.

5. People who do not respect your right to an opinion and your defense of your convictions are morons.

6. The Survival Husband is more in line with mainstream – and generally accepted – politics than mine.

7.  I have a mind of my own and learn from others even though I do not necessarily agree with them.

8. Sometimes I change my mind.

9. Some people need to get a life.

Okay – you get the gist. The people who de-friended you were never really friends.

I had to think long and hard before sharing this conversation on Backdoor Survival.  After all, I did not want to offend with my personal politics.  Now how silly of me – that is exactly what I was addressing in my response to my friend.  I would be a hypocrite for not sharing something I felt so strongly about since after all, I expect respect for my opinions just as much as I respect others for theirs.

Why share this?  Why Now?

Lately I have seen a lot of all black or all white opinions being bantered about.  Whether borne from the frustration of these trying times or a sense of hopelessness and helplessness, I think that it is important to remember that it is diversity that brings about innovation and change.  New ideas spring from honest discussions of our differences and not our sameness.

Think about that the next time you are upset that someone disagrees with you and your opinions.  Step back and learn something – this is not to say you will change your mind – but open up mind to the possibility.  Have respect for others whether you agree with them or not.

And maybe, just maybe, you will grow from the experience and become a better person yourself for the effort.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook:  Since it’s release earlier this year, this has been my go-to guide for medical advice.  It covers both traditional medicine and alternative medicine in a way that provides a synthesis leading to the right solution given the situation.  You do not need to be in “survival mode” to benefit from Doctor Bone’s and Nurse Amy’s guide.

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook:  The Merck Manual is  classic that is frequently updated with current health information covering men, women, children, newborns, and oldsters that have special geriatric needs.

Of course, no list would be complete without the following two books which are free downloads from the Hesperian Health Group.  Both have been recently updated and are a must have for every survival library.

Free Download: Where There Is No Doctor (PDF)
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The Pill Book:  If anyone in your household takes prescription drugs, you need this handy book. Each pill  listing will tell you much about the drug than a doctor or pharmacist.  It gives common dosages, what the drug is for and how it works. In addition, it shows common and not so common side effects, what to do if you’ve missed a dose, and  what to do if you have a negative reactions.  This is $9 well spent.

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3 Responses to “A Framework for the Respect for Opinions”

  1. Gaye…you are a true friend. You constantly please and amaze me. Your account of our conversation is so accurate! Were you taking notes? Just kidding. I, as you, believe the more varied opinions voiced nicely…the better our world. You are such a special person. We are all blessed, for having you in our lives!

  2. Hi Gail
    Thanks for posting this list! I really like the parts about being respectful of others and being open to change our minds as we learn more.

    I am in sync with all your items listed except #3: (I think our problems started way before Bush #1).

  3. I may not agree with you or others but I respect that opionion and will defend to the death your right to make that opinion. I use to say this to a lot of people who condemned my opinion and then I would ask them if they would do the same. All I got was blank stears. They were drinking the kool aid.

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