An Agreement to Disagree

4 June 2021

Jeff McCarty

There are plenty of disagreements that occur daily. These disagreements are varied. Some of them appear in real life between two people, and others happen in the digital space. The topics that people disagree about range from trivial to the utmost importance. As a human, it's not hard to find a disagreement occurring somewhere, and you usually don't have to go far to find it. These disagreements impact multiple functions of our individual lives, but they are also detrimental to society. The inability to agree on just about anything has stunted our political systems to mere bickering matches, and with everything becoming more politicized, the bickering has only seemed to begin.

As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we dedicate our efforts to building a better society. To do that, you would think that we need some consensus within society. I am willing to believe that a democratic society needs some level of consensus, yet what kind of authoritarian would I be if I thought we had to have one hundred percent adherence to agreements in society. Trying to navigate what levels of agreeance we can reach in society and what, if any, things that we can come to agree about is why I have been contemplating this subject and decided to bring it to a post.

When contemplating this subject of what levels of agreeance are necessary to build a better society, I first must ask, do we need to agree on everything as a society? The only answer that I can come to, centered in realism about humanity, is no, we do not have to agree on everything to build a better society. It would be foolish to think we will ever unite humanity on every single subject. To gain a complete consensus on anything is unfeasible, and forcing such a consensus is undemocratic. It is the very idea of democracy that allows us to compromise without having such a consensus. Although we don't need a 100% consensus on many topics, I can't help but feel that we need a critical mass of agreement in specific areas to build a better society. The question is, in what areas do we need this mass amount of agreement?

The best way to imagine this is to think of a massive table with seats available for all of humanity. This table is where the discussion, decisions, and actions to conduct a better global human civilization will occur. When we are sitting at the table, we don't have to agree on everything. What we do have to agree on is to sit at the table in the first place. We need people to take a seat to build a better society, which is where our focus should go when attempting to create an agreement. The items that we should most be concerned about hitting that critical mass of agreement on are the things that will get people to take a seat. If we can get people to agree to seat themselves at the table, we can start building a better society, one conversation at a time.

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