In recent days I've seen this posted on Facebook: "Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion.
"What we should have been taught was how to have a civil conversation about a difficult topic."
And my response to that is this: "Yes. And it's never too late to learn the skill. We can bring that gift to the world."
So as we approach the end of yet another year—an extremely divisive year filled with increasing levels of hatred and violence, it seems—let us do everything we can to either learn that skill or brush up on it, if we already know how to have such conversations. It's so sorely needed right now.
I know many people who have lost friendships or refused to spend holidays with family just because of this inability. They simply couldn't talk about politics, religion or any of the difficult issues that confront us without fighting or name-calling.
So let's do everything we can to bring more light, love and peace into the world. That starts with respect and civil conversation.