If everyone were equivocal and understanding of each other’s viewpoints, there would be no motivation to move forward. In politics, people are dogmatic for a reason. They hold their own beliefs so that new policies can be formed to be presented and made into law to move the country forward in time. If people were too equivocal, debate would not be held to which policies would be formed because everyone would be wishy washy. Like Alexander Hamilton says, “if you stand for nothing, you fall for anything.”
Contrary, the easier argument is if everyone were too unmoving, too bigoted, no person would be able to compromise; therefore, no policy in congress would pass without opposition.
However, people in general need to be more open minded, but not to the point where they are not firm on certain beliefs. A current example is the Syrian refugee crisis. The intake of refugees seems to have caused an outcry of racial slurs. The Syrian refugees are being called terrorists and miscreants all across many countries in Europe. I admit, no one wants to deal with a sudden rush of immigrants. Due to a large spike in population, competition of the housing and job markets would be created between current residents and immigrants. Nobody likes that. On the contrary, one must consider the situation of the refugees and the dangerous conditions in their homeland. This whole event reminds me of the quote by Martin Niemöller:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
And think; just a simple glance at a different perspective could fix the bigotry and misunderstanding of Syrian refugees. This philosophy can be applied to every situation and would provide a better solution than ignoring the inherent problem.