Of Life, Love, and Reason: Understand

I was reading through some of the most-visible pro-choice websites recently, as I often do, trying to further grasp any arguments or thought processes those who fight to defend Roe have for doing so.

Without searching, I simply would not know what they think. There are a couple of simple reasons for this. First of all, like most people, I spend nearly all of my time around people who think similarly to the way I do on most topics. I don't do this deliberately, but it somehow manages

It is hard to fully interact when you think you are under attack, and you will, no matter how gently your opponent's questions are worded.

to come out that way. So, I am not able to just ask someone what the views of abortion-proponents are. On the other hand, even if I did know someone who is not staunchly pro-life, as I invariably do, getting into a face-to-face debate would have little effect on my understanding. It is hard to fully interact when you think you are under attack, and you will, no matter how gently your opponent's questions are worded.

As you look into the minds of your opponents, your enemies, you must do so not for the sake of winning an argument or formulating talking points for your next joust; instead, look to understand them. I've found this is best done outside of a conversational argument in plain study. Trusting that people are generally rational, I seek out blogs, books, and other resources that clearly relay the beliefs and ideologies that don't come as naturally to me.

As you look into the minds of your opponents, your enemies, you must do so not for the sake of winning an argument or formulating talking points for your next joust.

My purpose is to make sense of them. I am trying to understand.