Social media is becoming a larger part of the world around us, and with that comes a quick outlet for opinions, which don’t necessarily rely on thought.

Just yesterday I saw a post on Facebook related to voters of Donald Trump. The poster fell on the far more liberal side of things and was condemning all Trump voters as horrible people who cannot be forgiven for what they’ve done.

While I haven’t been mysterious about my feelings toward Trump, I do have several people that I care about deeply who voted for him.

They aren’t terrible people. They simply fall in a different place than I do when it comes to political leanings on a lot of things.

Trump has been especially polarizing as his brash, sometimes wildly inappropriate speech makes it harder for some to see his voters as different. But not every Trump voter is a clone of Trump himself.

Of course, supporters on the other end of the spectrum aren’t innocent in casting aside the person with their beliefs.

I’ve had members of my own family attack me personally for my stance on different things, not taking even a moment to talk about what might be the reasoning for my belief.

Being a conservative or a liberal doesn’t make somebody a bad person or someone else better.

In reality, most people are doing what they believe is the right thing when they take a stance.

I recently listened to a discussion on abortion that was refreshing because both sides heard the opinion of the other and were able to try to understand where each side was coming from.

On the anti-abortion side, the idea was that as soon as conception occurs there is a human life, and that human life is valuable.

For the pro-abortion side, the thought was that we can’t know if conception is human life, but we know that the woman involved is a life, and what’s best for the woman’s life is valuable.

Regardless of your feelings on this topic, it’s important that both sides learn to have civil discourse.

The more people demonize those whose ideology is different from their own, the more polarizing we become as a nation.

Hate brews more hate, and unless we learn to stop arguing with hate-filled rhetoric and start having discussions that are productive and can find some sort of common ground, we all run the risk of damaging relationships that should be more important than political positions.

Jonathan Herrmann is news editor of the News-Herald. He can be contacted at 865-986-6581 or