From THIS article, we find something interesting and telling: In a commencement speech at Ohio’s Oberlin College on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama urged graduates not to surround themselves completely with like-minded people.
“You might be tempted to recreate what you had here at Oberlin, to seek out like-minded individuals,” Obama told graduates of the famously liberal college.
Instead, Obama said, the new graduates should actively seek out conflict and not be afraid to coexist with people who have vastly different opinions. From her speech:
“Here at Oberlin, most of the time you’re probably surrounded by folks who share your beliefs. But out in the real world, there are plenty of people who think very differently than you do, and they hold their opinions just as passionately. So if you want to change their minds, if you want to work with them to move this country forward, you can’t just shut them out. You have to persuade them, and you have to compromise with them.”
SO, in other words, she wants progressives not to seek out conservatives (“Today I want to suggest that if you truly wish to carry on the Oberlin legacy of service and social justice”,) with friendship or respect for others’ opinions, but she adds that “I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find because so often throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens.”
Divide, insult, feel superior to, change others……Says a LOT to me; what’s it say to you?