When we make ourselves vulnerable to the presence of another, we don’t always emerge unscathed. Changed, yes. Encouraged and uplifted and bolstered in our hope, sometimes. But also bruised and wounded, all too often.
In fact, in our age of social media, 24-hour news cycles, and YouTube videos, every time we argue about something, we risk being proven wrong, being ostracized, or being targeted for our perspective. We have to weigh the risks when deciding what or with whom we are willing to argue.