Those who wish to change political dialogue forever and enter our community take a pledge to uphold the principles of curious and thoughtful dialogue, finding shared values, and seeking mutual understanding.
The Considerates' Pledge
To accomplish our mission as a community, I pledge to always strive for the following with my friends and my fellow Considerates:
I will be curious about politics, entering all dialogue with an intent to first learn from others.
I will seek out dialogue with those that do not agree with me, and find shared values with them. I recognize that the perspectives of others have something to teach me and I will be grateful that they are shared with me.
I will respect at all times those that are taking the time to engage me, and never engage in personal attacks. I will not tolerate disrespect of others from my fellow Considerates.
I will have the humility to acknowledge that my opinions and understandings may not represent absolute truth, and seek awareness of my assumptions, biases, and feelings.
I will have the courage to change my views as I learn, and praise others for doing similarly.
I will assume that others are intelligent, well-intentioned, and have considered their positions. I will not dismiss them as foolish, unintelligent, or bad. I will not make generalizations based on others’ identity and will not presume to know their positions on ideas other than what they have stated.
I will state my positions using data and will respect the Ten Commandments of Rational Debate.
I will make political dialogue and debate engaging and productive for myself and others. I recognize with humor that at times I and others may descend into rants to share their feelings.
I will have the courage to compassionately help other Considerates to improve their ability to promote these principles and their Pledge. I will gratefully embrace feedback from my fellow Considerates on improving mine.
I will share what I have learned with my friends and welcome them into the Considerates community.
Take the Pledge!
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Download a PDF version of the Considerates' Pledge here to keep for yourself.