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Person 1: ...and that’s not okay. Person 2 (our hero): I’m concerned about that too.

Show Genuine Compassion

We know that you’re kind, and you do genuinely care about people. Sometimes it’s hard for people who disagree with you to see your compassion though, so it’s helpful to go a little out of your way to really directly say that you care.

A good rule of thumb is to start every one of your responses with some comment that creates good feelings. Affirm their concerns. Plainly state common ground. Compliment them for interesting arguments. Taking this extra step will only cost you a little breath, but it can go a long way toward making your conversation a friendly environment where it’s safe for people to change their minds.

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Person 1: ...so that’s why I’m not convinced. Person 2 (our hero): You made some really good arguments. I’ve never thought about it that way. Can we talk again after I’ve had some time to study this more?Person 1: If abortion is outlawed, women will die in unsafe illegal abortions. Person 2 (our hero): I’m concerned about this too. I value the mother and fetus equally. I’m working for a future where nobody performs or seeks an abortion, legal or illegal.Person 1: A woman shouldn’t be reminded of her rapist every time she sees her child. Person 2 (our hero): I agree. Nobody should have to endure rape or its consequences. I wish nobody were ever raped.Person 1: I think we should focus on helping the kids who are already alive. Person 2 (our hero): I care a ton about kids after birth, and I agree that we should focus on actual, living people. But biologically speaking, a fetus is already alive.
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