Lately I've been wondering if people should hang out with like minded people or surround themselves with a variety of opinions and beliefs.
There's one argument that I'm bouncing around that says our acquaintances should be those with similar values. It's handy to have our views supported and reinforced. But every time I think that I immediately counter it with the thought that if we're only around those who think like us then there's no growth.
I guess a balance could be the goal.
I asked Scott about it and his comment was, "Similar goals with different strategies works best." I think he's on to something for getting things done, but what about socially, when there aren't any goals except having a good time and enjoying each other's company?
Should Christians only hang with Christians? Can liberals and conservatives share a meal without arguing? Should they?
Maybe as long as there's respect among friends it's not only acceptable but desirable to have different viewpoints. I think so, at least. It probably also depends on what your hot-button issues are. Maybe disagreeing on that issue won't be so healthy for a connection.
Maybe there really is no formula and I'm just pondering to ponder. What do you think?
I don't know if there's a good answer or even if there's only one answer, but it's just something that's been on my mind.