We were traipsing through the Wonderopolis forest the other day when we stumbled upon a badger, a monkey and a platypus having an interesting conversation:
Badger: I think the Badger Street Boys are dreamy.
Monkey: Really? They're old school. Juan Direction is the top banana today.
Platypus: Boy bands? Really? What about Phineas and the Ferbtones?
Badger: No way! The Badger Street Boys are the best!
Monkey: Nuh-uh! Juan Direction rules!
Actually, it does! If you think about it, agreeing to disagree simply means coming to an understanding with someone that you have a difference of opinion. When you agree to disagree, you acknowledge that neither person is going to convince the other person to change his or her mind, so you might as well stop arguing and move on!
Arguments occur all the time. Sometimes we call them quarrels. Often they might take the form of debates. Or they could simply be spirited discussions. Whatever you call them, differences of opinion happen all the time.
All people have opinions on a variety of topics. Many times those opinions are the opposite of someone else's opinion. Since opinions don't have to be based upon logic — they can be based upon emotion, preference, experience or all sorts of other variables — people will often have differences of opinion and it doesn't necessarily mean one person is right and the other person is wrong.
If a badger thinks the Badger Street Boys is the best band around and a monkey prefers Juan Direction, there's no clear right or wrong opinion. It's just a matter of preference. In these situations, it's better to recognize and respect the other person's opinion without arguing, fighting or causing hurt feelings.
Agreeing to disagree doesn't mean you have to give up your opinion. To the contrary, you simply keep your opinion to yourself, recognize others' right to hold a different opinion and agree not to argue about it!
When you agree to disagree, you promote peaceful relationships. Disagreements will always happen, but you don't have to let them become a real problem. Instead, show others respect by allowing them to hold a different opinion than yours. Agree to disagree and you'll find your friends can remain your friends even if they don't think exactly like you do!