I first came across this interaction between William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, two major writers of the 20th century, in high school and I’ve been intrigued by it ever since.
All I can think is how unfair. How unfair that these two feel like they have to justify their writing style by tearing down the work of the other. I can’t help but wonder if things would have been different if they weren’t so quick to shout out at each other’s voices. Considering the impact their words alone had on millions, I wonder what they could have accomplished as a team?
What would happen if we sought out common ground before debating over our differences? What if we listen, rather than silencing the voices that speak from a different perspective than us?
We might disagree, but I want to choose to listen. I want to choose to learn. I want to choose to acknowledge that your perspective holds just as much value as mine.
Who is your Faulkner? Your Hemingway? Go find them.
Sure, you’ve got different perspectives about things, but what about the things you have in common? They might be hard to find at first, but don’t give up. Dig a little deeper. Dig until you feel you’ve made room for the voices that speak differently than you. You might just find you’re better off together than you are alone.