How to Change Minds about Self-Defense
Originally published on ClashDaily.
It isn’t easy to change someone’s opinion. For example, there is a huge gulf between author Doug Giles and author Liberal Chick. We’ve seen them go at it, and frankly I’m tired of their arguing. Let’s see if we can actually change someone’s mind even a little bit. To do that, we need to do more than exchange sound bites from each extreme. We all have friends like Doug and Liberal Chick. Each one thinks their position is both obvious and correct. We forget how much they disagree. That is key to changing their opinion.
I’ll fill in the steps between them so we can see how far apart L.C. and Doug really are. For example, we can’t change Liberal Chick into a raving gun nut like Doug. We have to take her from where she is today. That is true with Liberal Chick, and true with everyone we meet! She will only change her mind one small step at a time. Let’s label a few of the steps.
This broad range of opinions is why the casual conversation about self-defense doesn’t work. We only change someone’s opinion by moving them to the next step. The best we can do is learn what someone believes and show them the way.
This one is for Doris. Thank you for all you do.
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