I'm asking this because I'm inspired by these late events.
I personally believe that it's possible to befriend someone even if they have very different points of view. The secret resides in RESPECT. If 2 people respect each other they can definitely have healthy relations.
For example, I'm an Arab who obviously supports Palestine, and one of my very good friends is a Jew who obviously supports Israel, we do have mature civilized arguments once in a while in which we respectfully share our opinions, both of us are very attached to our opinions but it didn't come in th way of our friendship because we respect each other.
We all have the right to have our own opinion, to reject an Ideology, to disagree, but we, as human beings should at least try to respect each other if we want peace.
After all, we're all bound to have diverging ideas and if we take every single subject in life, we most probably won't find a person who agrees with us 100% in all of them.
If I had to turn my back on and disrespect people who didn't agree with me on everything, I would have probably boycotted more than half of my family and friends.
What do you think?
Most Helpful Guy
Depends. There are cases where people have different opinions than I do but I can still respect them because I understand where they're coming from and that they have good, rational reasons for holding these opinions.
However, there are many other cases where other people's opinions are simply idiotic. This has nothing to do with being ignorant but rather, I acknowledge that not all opinions have the same value. Unfortunately, many people have fallen victim to the huge understanding that "freedom of speech for everyone" automatically means that all opinions count the same. This is absolutely not true. Some people know much more about something than others. For example believing that some evangelical priest's opinion about the theory of evolution has the same discursive value as the opinion of a scientist who's been studying evolutionary biology for the past 20 years is simply asinine. Especially when it comes to politics and religion, opinions often correlate with factors such as education. There are countless researches that show that having a high degree of education directly correlates with being politically left and only mildly religious or completely atheistic. Now, this doesn't mean that all conservatives are stupid rednecks but over all, many conservative or religious opinions are based on very animalistic or archaic views and feelings about the world and I can't possibly regard them as equal.
In the case of Palestine and Israel for example, you said that "he's a Jew, so he is of course for Israel". The truth is that this "of course" is actually not quite right. Being Israeli or being a Jew has little to do with being a Zionist. You can be a Jew and still find zionism idiotic and you can be christian or muslim and still think zionism is something good. Personally, I am neither Arab nor a Jew but I can't possibly understand how anyone can be in favor of what Israel is doing to the Palestinians. Israel has a fundamentalist and extremely nationalist government and they allow their orthodox people such as the settlers to treat Palestinians like a bunch of cockroaches. I have yet to hear any smart and rational argument why it is okay to steal somebody's land, lock them into a small stripe of land and treat them like shit and later complain that they get angry at you and shoot some rockets over the border. So in this case, I really can't respect the opinion of Zionists.2
Most Helpful Girl
The key is to talk about things friends can agree upon, while avoiding certain topics that might cause some disturbance. There are somethings that I disagree with even with my family, but we get along fine because I just don't bring those topics up when I talk to them.
Unfortunately, sometimes even with your best friend you cannot talk about everything.0