We will certainly make mistakes. We will be wrong at times. And yet, we are all capable of striving to be more reasonable, more fair in our dealings with others, and better models of the sort of behavior we would like to see more of from others. For example, we can learn how to:
- recognize that people are going to hold different political views and that the worth or dignity of a person is not tied to which candidate he or she supports
- resist our tribalistic impulses and reject divisive identity politics
- do effective moral triage so that we spend less time being outraged about trivial matters and more time working to change the things we can change
In the end, we must each come to terms with the realization that we cannot control what others do. We lack the authority or the means to shape others' behavior to suit our will. What we can do is strive to be more reasonable for our own sake and that of others around us. We can embrace reason and freethought.