I was in high school when I first realized that
other people do not think like I do.
Before that moment of enlightenment, I "used to think" that somehow others came to different conclusions from mine because they were not reasoning clearly.
But then I discovered other people
are starting in a different place
and seeing the whole situation in a different way.
Seeing the problem from another viewpoint leads to a very different solution.
Mark Putnam, President of Central College, has a blog called Mark My Words that I follow.
Last week, Mark pointed out
we all view everything from a bias that we might not even notice.
We may be quite right about something from our own point of view,
but we are wrong if we fail to realize that other viewpoints are possible.
If we hope to dialog with people who come from differing backgrounds,
we need to do a lot of listening to discover how they are seeing the problem.