Did you know that kites fly when launched against the wind, not with it? We can treat conflicting ideas the same way we do kites.

There’s even a word that describes the process of conflict. Dialectic.

You may start with an idea, your thesis, and another person who disagrees with you puts forth an antithesis. As you discuss the differences, you synthesize new ideas. As a result, all parties gain.

Not all opposing ideas end up being synthesized. But if you understand the process, you can stop defending all your ideas with such ferocity and discover different points of view.

Action – Think about a recent conflict. Write out your thesis, the antithesis and what the possible synthesis might be. Share it with that person if you can.

And next time a conflict arises, be open to the synthesis of ideas that is always available.

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