The weeks following the U.S. presidential election have been fraught with anger, violence, destruction, condescension, fear, rioting, media bias, and hateful rhetoric. Regardless of your party affiliation or who you hoped would win the election, it’s fair to say this past month has been a shitstorm of negativity. The U.S. is divided and deeply wounded.
But something else has also happened since election night — something with the potential to connect and unite even those of us who stand on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Conversation.
Even amidst the chaos and pain and concern for our future, there have been extraordinary moments of understanding, growth, and resolve that were borne out of a simple dialogue between two people.
Here are the most important, impactful conversations I’ve had with friends, family, and acquaintances since the election.