Consider the content of what is being said.

Considering the source is one of the greatest wedges dividing our society. It allows us to avoid the merits of an idea by destroying the reputation of the source.

Instead of stopping and considering the idea or information being shared, people are becoming way too quick to dismiss what they’re hearing because of who’s saying it.

Think what you want of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (just to pick two examples), but there’s a reason they say the things they say and do the things they do. (And you’re not them, so don’t think you know.)

Try this: instead of dismissing things you hear them say, stop and consider the merits of their ideas and what is driving them to articulate them in the way they are.

But then, and this is the real key, don’t be afraid to share your own thoughts and reactions with friends around you. We’ve gotten to the point where we’re afraid to hurt someone’s feelings or be ridiculed. This is how we lose freedom of thought, and why the best ideas are often never articulated. And we will all suffer as a result.

I think it’s a huge mistake to simply ignore something because of the source. It’s lazy thinking and prevents you from really deeply considering all sides of a topic or issue.

So, keep an eye on sources you would otherwise think aren’t worth your time. It’s one of the best ways to get a truly well-rounded look at the perspectives around you.