The Other Team

This past Super Bowl highlighted something that is true about all of us. When we identify an opposing team or a team that is not our own, we can easily begin to find reasons to not like them. If they breathe, they breathe wrong. If I am not a Patriots fan, I can easily think of them as cheaters. If I am not a Seattle fan, then I don’t like Marshawn Lynch because he doesn’t talk enough. I also don’t like Richard Sherman because he talks too much. Our minds filter our opinions based on the people with whom we identify. When these opinions help us make up our mind about those on an opposing team, then I am no longer looking for the best in them but instead for reasons to confirm what I have already decided. Awareness of our biases should help us understand why we feel so strongly about another person on the other team.

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