Even though listening is mentioned in the “persuade” category, I think it merits its own section, before “persuade”. We need to listen to learn, listen to understand, and try to truly understand what the other person is saying before coming up with a rebuttal, or trying to persuade someone about our point of view. Yes, “listen” is a little weird in written communication, but since I think this all needs to take place in our daily lives as well, it may work.
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Thoughts from across the aisle...
“A family from Mexico who arrived here this morning, legally, has as much right to the American dream as the direct descendants of the founding fathers. … when the blood of the sons of immigrants and the grandsons of slaves fell on foreign fields, it was American blood. In it you could not read the ethnic particulars of the soldier who died next to you. He was an American. And when I think of how we learned this lesson, I wonder [how] we could have unlearned it.”