Always essential: respect
When citizens come into conflict with elected leaders or officials, it’s easy to forget the most important position the other holds: that of a human being.
Passions can flare when one knows one is right, or when one feels under attack. But cooler heads should prevail at just such a point, remembering that it’s likely everyone has the same ultimate goal in mind, even if the path to it appears different.
Truly, everyone who wants the best for a cause or a community is on the same side, eventually. Coming to that realization and ultimate agreement is much easier, and quicker, when each person involved approaches the others with respect.
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