I love debate, but I also want to try and help get more people to understand the importance of free speech and open dialogue. These kinds of conversations can be a annoying at times because you are limited in what you can talk about as topics are often tied to the other persons identity, making an attack of an argument an attack on them. I want to know what some ideas are on empathetic listening as a way to help people be more open to better discussion that can further benefit every party involved. This is primarily in reference to the way Stephen Covey talks about these topics in part 3 of his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
I love the 7 Habits. Good luck getting people to understand the “importance of free speech and dialogue.” Truth is the trolls couldn’t care less. Antifa, BLM, the woke, many progressives - they don’t give a crap about dialogue. It’s about disruption and grabbing power. I don’t even try to engage.
You will find some people here who are willing to have a discussion, though.