Damage to relationships is almost inevitable in intractable conflicts. Relationships that had been friendly, open, and trusting no longer are so. Walls go up, as people move farther and farther apart. The “norm” becomes distrust, fear, anger, and hostility, where friendship and trust prevailed before.
A distressing proportion of political talk in 2017 includes name-calling, hateful rhetoric, and a complete refusal to listen to or think about the interests, needs, or beliefs of “the other side.” As our partisan divide grows ever-deeper, advocates on both sides are simultaneously pleading for civility and going for the kill