We live in an increasingly polarized world where facts and opinions get tangled up with emotions and identity. How do we navigate all this? Should we be fighting for our beliefs? Or is it smarter to just ‘unfriend’ people and move on? In this episode, Susheel and Rohan explore what ‘tolerance’ looks like (or perhaps ‘should’ look like) in the 21st century.
00:00 – A WhatsApp forward about Trump, to start the discussion
03:25 – Does Trump plan ahead? Or has he stumbled into history?
05:40 – How do you handle someone who sees the world differently?
07:45 – Losing friends over political disagreements
12:05 – Facts vs. opinions — Why do CNN & FOX News react so differently to the same facts?
15:50 – Fact-checking is important, but isn’t it hard? Is it realistic to expect people to fact-check everything?
19:28 – Is unfriending someone the best option if they refuse to listen to your point of view?
25:25 – ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’ and how this kind of thinking divides us
27:45 – Staying civil but ‘agreeing to disagree’
29:27 – Conspiracy theory: Is America’s 2nd Civil War unfolding?
31:20 – Is ‘protecting your culture’ the same as xenophobia?
33:40 – Liberals and conservatives have a fundamentally different reaction to change
35:45 – [Detour] The ludicrousness of people who believe the Earth is flat
42:20 – Leaving India to get away from intolerance isn’t the answer
45:15 – The unique Indian subculture of the ‘Americanized’ Indian
49:39 – A lesson from the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship): You can get along with people if you have something in common
52:33 – Susheel’s timeless quote: “Do more of the good things, and less of the bad!”