The media is a sales machine, trying to broker your attention. One of their most effective strategies is pedaling justification.
When the person or party I don’t like disagrees with my views, I call them stubborn and backwards. I tout the virtues of collaboration and compromise, and act self-righteous. Then, when they do collaborate and compromise, I gloat and accuse them of caving.
It seems my motivations never were for collaboration. Otherwise I’d be celebrating and congratulating both sides for their success in finding middle ground or aspiring to something bigger.
The hypocrisy of justification is that we’d rather be right than effective. We are happy to change our tune as soon as we can say “See, I was right and you were wrong.”
Many politicians and the media are all guilty. So am I.
Are you prepared to celebrate the other side as valuable, capable and responsible when they make adjustments? If not, at least be honest about your motives.