One of the biggest obstacles in fostering progressive discourse I’ve witnessed is a tendency to make attacks personal, and take attacks personally.
Part of this comes from the fact that very few individuals are willing to admit wrongdoing and/or assume accountability for the way things are (especially in politics — votes this does not earn you). Another part is that we’ve developed a collective consciousness in which we have the ability to tirelessly share our opinions; therefore, we believe they deserve to be heard.
What we need is the ability to say “Hey, I may disagree with you — even fundamentally — but that doesn’t make you a terrible person.” Let’s dial it back a little. Reactionary culture, in general, is upsetting.
Give your intellect a little credit and allow it some breathing room before firing back.
That is, in essence, the mindful approach to living.