How do you feel when someone disagrees with you?
A few days back, I commented on an Instagram post.
The post had thousands of likes. The creator was a woman with more than 50000 followers.
She stated that “fitness” is subjective. It was her belief.
I usually don’t comment on Instagram posts. But that day I felt like doing so.
I said, “Fitness is objective, the world is moving in that direction. If fitness is subjective, no one is really fit.”
It was my worldview and belief.
“100% untrue”, came the reply.
She went on to explain at length why she believes so.
Now I had a choice, to leave the debate or push my point further.
I decided to push it a little further. This time with some more logic.
I said “if fitness is subjective, then why fitness tests for jobs, any gym, or sports are so objective? There are series of checkboxes. Hence, fitness is nothing but a checklist, hence objective”
I received no reply after that.
The next morning, I received a notification. She had again written a long reply. Now she brought logic and scenarios that were confusing or simply beyond my comprehension.
I decided to yield for two reasons.
The opponent was actually trying too hard to be right and win.
Reason two, it was her turf, with all the zillion followers, it was a hornet’s nest.
Here are few reflections:
The true test of your character will happen when someone disagrees with your beliefs and opinions and how you react after that.
Are you big enough to accommodate a thought, an idea, or a principle that directly counters yours?
Anyway, on LinkedIn such confrontations are rare.
LinkedIn is the world of “I agree”
We all live in harmony here, don’t we? 🙂