De­bate health­ier for North Bay than ar­gu­ment

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

to the ed­i­tor: it’s elec­tion time again, and with it comes crit­i­cism and con­dem­na­tions.

From pres­i­den­tial to mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, neg­a­tiv­ity is a com­mon theme.

how­ever, neg­a­tiv­ity does not bring peo­ple to­gether; it drives them apart. Nor does it lead to so­lu­tions and com­pro­mise.

the deep­est prin­ci­ple of hu­man na­ture is the crav­ing to be ap­pre­ci­ated. Peo­ple want to be mo­ti­vated, in­spired and pas­sion­ately col­lab­o­ra­tive.

in­stead of con­demn­ing peo­ple, let’s try to un­der­stand them. Politi­cians, whether or not you agree with their ide­ol­ogy, be­lieve they are rep­re­sent­ing us for the right rea­sons.

if we can put aside our own thoughts, opin­ions and wants to truly see things from an­other per­son’s per­spec­tive, we can achieve an even stronger com­mu­nity.

in­stead of ar­gu­ing, we must ac­knowl­edge their im­por­tance through re­flec­tion and con­sid­er­a­tion. dis­agree­ments are in­evitable, but let’s put stock into in­for­ma­tive and re­spect­ful de­bate, rather than fall­ing prey to mean­ing­less ar­gu­ment.

Lis­ten first, look for com­mon ground, and gen­uinely think over the op­po­si­tion’s ideas. the world is full of peo­ple who are self­seek­ing, so let us work to­gether and strive to be bet­ter.

in­di­vid­u­als who un­selfishly try to serve oth­ers are a boon to our com­mu­nity and some­thing we should all strive to be­come no mat­ter our role in this great city.

Mar­cus Tig­nanelli

North Bay

Mar­cus Tig­nanelli is a North Bay coun­cil can­di­date.

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