It is often said that opinions are like asses; everybody has one.
I usually smile at this because even such an utterance is somebody having an opinion and, therefore, if one has the right to express such an opinion, what makes it right for others to be criticized for having theirs.
Most times this is said with derision, and the people who say stuff like that have anger issues. Perhaps because they are angry, they would rather not hear anything from the person with whom they are angry and would prefer that person to be silent.
When we are ill-equipped to resolve conflicts, we harbour hate-infused grudges which allow those negative feelings. It is an inability to deal effectively with our negative emotions. As adults, we should be so evolved that we should be able to stand right next to someone with whom we disagree and not be affected by their presence. We have to learn to disconnect more and not be easily drawn into situations where angst determine our behaviour. We should be so gracious, that whatever rights we take for ourselves should also be tolerated for everyone else.
Disagreements can be healthy and positive and many important discoveries came about because people disagreed. Columbus disagreed with the theory that the world was flat and discovered a brand new, inhabited world.
Basically disagreements are born when people have a difference of opinion, to which we are all entitled.
May we all learn to be more tolerant of each other’s opinions, whether we like each other or not. We just might find some good stuff in tolerance to like.