1) A personal spiritual practice—Following the Golden Rule in interactions with others–even those we disagree with–is a core teaching of many faiths. The practice of applying this principle in our personal lives and interactions is challenging. And through ongoing personal reflection and conscious application to our interactions, we do find the courage and resolve to build bridges of respect with others.
2) A practical strategy for change–Martin Luther King famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness–only light can do that.” Similarly, hostility, anger and disdain only create more of the same. Treating someone with dignity and respect changes the nature of the conversation and opens up the possibility of real communication that can change relationships.