Perspectives: Fixing America’s growing polarization, my Better Angels experience

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By Bryan Hyde, St. George News, Utah

When my friend Eric Moutsos reached out to me last week and asked if I’d be interested in joining him at a Better Angels workshop being held in Salt Lake City, I hesitated.

I wasn’t really interested in spending a precious Saturday receiving sensitivity training.

After thinking about it, I contacted Eric and agreed to attend the workshop. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I will forever be grateful for having participated.

This was the first I’d heard of these unique workshops, which bring together a small number of individuals with deeply held conservative and progressive views for a day of conversation. The prime directive of these meetings is very simple: We’re not here to change each other’s views.

This means no debating or ideological flexing but plenty of room for honest conversation.

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