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Preaching to a Wall

Uploaded: Oct 9, 2013
I love NPR Perspectives, and now so do my 8th grade Exploratory students! This writing is another Perspectives piece, written in the style of the very popular radio feature. After listening to and analyzing over a dozen recordings, students were given the direction to "write about something you're passionate about." Below, Aaron "preaches" his position on opinions and touches on the divisive nature of politics. Enjoy, Ms. J


I think that people concern themselves too much with the differences of other's opinion. ESPECIALLY in politics. We all know that our rants about how right we are and how wrong they are aren't going to change anyone's mind. All it does is make most people uncomfortable and dislike those with different opinions. America was founded on the idea of freedom to practice religion and the right to your own opinion, but now, sharing your political opinion is a quick way to lose friends. Someone could be the most charitable person in the world, and if their opinion varies in the slightest from yours? all of a sudden they're a villain.

We care too much if this person shares the same opinion as us; instead we should embrace our differences in what we think is right! One of us has to come up with the best, most efficient way to run a country? But even if someone DID find the "most efficient way to run a country," someone else would disagree with them and start threatening. It is a viscous cycle of opinion and everyone becomes an economy major as soon as you ask, "So, what do you think of President Obama?"

So, IN MY OPINION, I agree with Voltaire when he said, "I don't agree with a word you say. But I will fight to the death for your right to say it."

With a Perspective, I'm Aaron A.

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Posted by Paul Kingsley, a resident of ,
on Oct 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Absolutely, Aaron. I couldn't agree more. I have more respect for people I disagree with than people who don't care.

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Posted by Keen, a resident of Martens-Carmelita,
on Jul 30, 2016 at 12:36 pm

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