Simple – by asking myself:
“What will I be like if I surround myself with only people who think and act like me? How will I be different if that changed?”
It is about personal growth. I happen to prefer to keep doing it in this area.
Everyone has places where they need to feel secure. We choose them (consciously and subconsciously) based on our experiences and external references.
If one feels more secure around people who have similar perspectives, someone else might have more tolerance for being around multiple perspectives. A third person might have no tolerance at all for people who only tolerate similar perspectives.
What’s cool is when these people show empathy – that they are trying to understand someone else’s perspective (it doesn’t mean that their base perspective is going to change, just that they’ll be able to see it.)
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-remain-friends-with-people-whose-lifestyle-you-disagree-with
Originally Posted On: 2016-03-29