Welcome Dr. Aaron Simmons, professor of philosophy at Furman University. He’s written 9 books and in addition to his intellectual prowess, he is a loving father, husband, and of course loves to go deep into conversation. He also loves hip-hop which gains major points from me.
We start the conversation off by recalling how many churches he’s been kicked out of (or politely asked to leave). We discuss God and politics with an angle you’re probably not used to.
We go in to the importance of disagreement, willing to be proved wrong, and why to surround yourself with critics. Put question marks where others put periods.
What is the failure of success? Aaron tell us.
No black and white answers here, folks. Just lots of nuance, which is what life is about.
CHALLENGE: Inspired by Dr. Simmons: seek out a conversation with someone who disagrees with you. This is not an attempt to convince them to change their viewpoint or argue. Come into the conversation with an open mind and ask them to share why they believe what they believe.
Ask questions, don’t spit out supposed or actual facts to counter their point. Listen to the why behind their beliefs. What was their upbringing like? What has shaped their view? Once you ask questions and listen, you’ll probably understand why they think the way they do.
After this, you may of course share your opinion if it’s appropriate. And who knows, you could change someone’s mind like Aaron has by first listening and asking questions, then offering your point of view.