On the TV show "The West Wing" president Bartlett–a Democrat–at one point decided he wanted a Republican as one of his key advisors. When quizzed about WHY he would want that, the deputy chief of staff (if I recall correctly) replied, "the president likes smart people who disagree with him."
I post here a series of tweets from John C Welch (@bynkii, if you care, and he’s Googlable if you want anything else) that deal loosely with the subject:
[bynkii] pondered unfollowing vs. banning today. conclusion: Unfollowing is how a grownup deals w/ people they disagree with/don’t like on twitter…
…Don’t want to deal with someone’s twitspew? unfollow. you can still interact, but at a slower pace.
Banning is ultimately a petulant juvenile act of hiding that doesn’t work anyway. But some folks can only handle ‘A’ rides.
I learn a lot from people who vehemently disagree with me. I learn a lot from people who agree with me as well.
In both cases, usually things I’d have never thought of myself, because they have different viewpoints and worldviews.
I learn nothing by hiding from people. Better to be pissed off than miss out on learning.
I’ve known many people in my Life who behave this way. If they disagree with something, they write it off completely. I suppose in the short term that’s fine, but to never revisit "it" again just because you didn’t care for it once is short-sighted. As humans, we are constantly growing and maturing. Our experiences, our attitudes, and our bodies are always changing. To assume permanence of anything in this existence is folly at best.
I see this most in my peers, many/most of whom see no value whatsoever in gathering with counterparts from other institutions to see how things are done at their places of employment. When asked, they’ll tell me they’re bored or that there’s nothing to learn. While I respect their opinion, I scoff inwardly. That attitude suggests that WE somehow "have it all figured out" and that our systems and methodologies are perfect and that we have nothing to learn. That smacks of arrogance and arrogance usually leads to a Fall of some kind.
I want no part of that. I enthusiastically seek out these forums. I see them as win/win. I’ll either learn something I didn’t know and can take that information back to my own organization an attempt to improve it, or I’ll get validation that our ways are the Right Ways (for us) and can share that wisdom with others who may benefit from it.
In my experience, a whole lot of BOTH actually goes on. And either way, I’m better for it.