Okay, so Freedom From Religion Foundation doesn’t have the best reputation with the FOX Newsers.
I get it. You get it.
The group, led by David Silverman, ask that public property offers equal space for a verity of religious or non-religious beliefs.
The conversation is a tough one, I’m sure.
Both parties feel they are protecting their cause.
But listen to the conversation itself. Even if you can’t understand what they’re talking about. Just listen to the rhythms and flows. Listen to it for the sarcasm and the malice.
I’ve had this type of conversation a lot. You know, you’re trying to stay reasoned and the other person is either laughing or hiding behind interruption.
I’ve been to counseling, and I’ve been to couple’s counseling. I strongly recommend both.
One of the beneficial aspect of couple’s counseling is learning validation and listening. I know too many people who don’t listen. They interrupt. They spend more time coming up with something similar from their own lives and not coming up with another question to make the speaker feel important and listened to.
When people don’t confirm others thoughts and conversations (i.e. blurt in stories, don’t ask for more clarification, don’t respond with a synopsis of what the other is trying to say), I shut down. I get bored. I turn off. What’s the point of talking if your “listener” is always talking over you?
What’s the point of conversation if someone laughs, scoffs, or responds with anything other than a headshake and at least the appearance of lingering on every word?
These hosts on these shows are other people’s role models.
And it’s no wonder the conversation turns to shouting.