Woman Raised As an Extreme Religious Bigot Now Teaches Tolerance – (Must-See Ted Talk!)

Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 0 Comments

Video Source: TED

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside the Westboro Baptist Church, America's most controversial religious group.  She describes how conversations on Twitter were key to showing her a new way of thinking and making the decision to leave her church and way of life.

In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, and says that in these extremely divided times, we all need to learn how to better communicate with each other – especially those that have oppositional views to our own. She shares some good advice and outlines 4 simple ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

Here are her 4 Tips for conversing better with those with whom you initially disagree:

1. Don’t Assume Bad Intent – just because someone is saying something offensive, don’t assume they are “bad” or are actually trying to be offensive. They just may be uninformed about things you know or have experienced.

2. Ask Questions – it helps you to map the disconnects between your differing points of view. It creates an atmosphere of listening.

3. Stay calm. Nothing good comes from aggressive energy.4. Make the argument. Don’t assume that your position is so right that you don’t even have to present it. You can

4. Make the argument. Don’t assume that your position is so right that you don’t even have to present it. You can may affect others positively when you share your reasoning with them.

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