Hey Shields. The other night I talked some shop with @Paxx. He helped me polish an encounter for my game, and his ideas were golden.
During our discussion it became clear we had differences of opinion on real-life stuff. We discussed them calmly, rationally, like adults. We agreed to disagree on some things, and found common ground on others. At the end of the day we are two people who want what’s best for our world, and who share a kick-ass hobby.
My home group thinks a lot like I do. Sometimes it’s like an echo chamber. Talking with Paxx challenged me to examine my beliefs, and exposed me to a different point of view. This is healthy. It allows me to find my reasons for believing what I believe, and possibly even revise my beliefs to be closer to the truth and my values. It also allows me to find empathy and understanding for the people who hold different beliefs. In diversity lies strength.
I bring this up because I think it’s important to remember - in a polarized world - that friends can disagree, be respectful, and still cover each other with our shields thigh-to-neck. I am not suggesting we tolerate intolerance - down that road lies oppression. I am suggesting it’s healthy to explore opinions different from our own, and appreciate the people who hold them.
Ultimately, that diversity made my encounter much more interesting.
Strength, Honor, and Beer.