This is my recent letter to a dear black friend I met 42 years ago. I am a true conservative. He is a progressive modern liberal (i.e., not a classical liberal). He got upset with me after the terrible George Floyd killing when I said that while it was awful and unjustified, and the cops must be duly punished, and that lawful protesting is expected; rioting, looting and destruction of the property of others are illegitimate and must also be punished.
My friendship with you has never been in doubt, and nothing you could ever say or argue with the exception of direct attacks on me or my loved ones could ever damage that.The fact you have made arguments I have disagreed with for decades does not diminish you or your value to me..
I do not confuse disliking anyone’s POV with disliking them. It’s up to me to change their view with good debate and convincing facts. There are many wonderful people in the world with what I consider very bad ideas. That does not make them bad, or my enemy. I would prefer to agree with them, but then we would both be wrong.
I don’t know who else will be there when you are on your death bed.
But I will be