So I don’t know how you’ve been feeling about the news, but

These past two weeks, the breakdown of what my friends and I have been texting about would be 15% Jonathan’s new job at a boba shop, 5% Tiktoks, 20% miscellaneous, and 60% the news. We’ve been talking a lot about the police, the protests, and racism. It’s as if around one or two o’clock most days, everybody gets in the mood for debates. The thing I appreciate most about these discussions is that nobody has the same views. On one hand, it would be nice if we just agreed on more things, but on the other hand, I guess it makes me a better person. It forces me to defend and research my opinions because my beliefs likely will not be taken for granted by everybody else in the groupchat. It also makes me look at issues from perspectives I’d never considered. It almost always results in me either changing my mind or learning something new.

I’ve been reading and listening to podcasts and videos, but mostly I’ve been talking to the people near me—and by talking, I mean fiercely disagreeing. I’m surrounded by people who I feel perfectly comfortable arguing with and who feel even more comfortable arguing with me. And that kind of feels like a luxury right now.

So I don’t know how you’ve been feeling about the news, but I hope that no matter what you’re feeling, there’s someone you can talk to about it—someone who you can disagree with, someone who will disagree with you, and someone who will ask you to leave a fake, positive boba review for their employer after the conversation is over.

4 thoughts on “So I don’t know how you’ve been feeling about the news, but”

  1. Having debates and being able to disagree with people is so important! Most of my friends and family share the same views as me, but I’ve had some good conversations this past month. This is weird, but sometimes the best conversations happen when you do agree, but someone is playing the devil’s advocate or you’re both just expanding upon thoughts so you both have more well rounded perspectives.

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    1. I COMPLETELY AGREE. Sometimes I’m not sure if my friends know I’m saying things I don’t necessarily agree with just because I want to see how they respond. Yesss—expanding on thoughts. Yes, exactly.

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  2. I think that’s awesome that you have people you can talk to like that. It’s so important to be able to disagree and still respect each other, which is something that is weirdly hard to forget. It’s really troubling to see what is going on right now, and I think it’s so important for us to discuss things instead of just getting angry about it, even though it can be hard. There is definitely a lot to talk about. And if we can listen just as much as we talk, maybe we have a shot at getting through all this.

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  3. A few nights ago my family just sat down and talked about what’s going on for a few hours. I remember a time when I used to agree with basically everything my family said, but now we are able to debate and disagree about things quite a bit. It was kind of cool to realize how much we are all individuals and that we’re able to hold our own opinions and have a real discussion about everything that has been going on recently.

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