Julia Morgan's original drawings for our Clubhouse, Courtesy of Cal Poly Archives

MARCH 2015 - Can We Just Agree To Disagree? by Christy Noble

March 12, 2015 12:39 PM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

Differences of opinion happen all the time.  All people have opinions on a variety of topics.  Since opinions don't necessarily have to be based upon logic - they can be based upon emotion, preference, experience, or all sorts of variables - people will often have differences of opinion and it doesn't necessarily mean one person is right and the other person is wrong.  It's just a matter of preference.

Arguments are no fun.  It's always better to agree than to disagree.  But guess what?  Everyone won't always agree on everything...and that's OK!  In these situations, it's better to recognize and respect the other person's opinion without arguing, fighting or causing hurt feelings.  Agreeing to disagree does not mean you have to give up your opinion.  To the contrary, you simply recognize others' right to hold a different opinion and agree not to argue about it.

When you agree to disagree, you promote peaceful relationships.  Disagreements happen, but you need not let them become a problem.  Instead, show others respect by allowing them to hold a different opinion than yours.  Each person has a unique view of the world, and they don't always match.  It's important to learn how to respectfully discuss differences of opinion.  Agree to disagree and you'll find that your friends can remain as such even if they don't think exactly like you do.

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