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Do you agree or disagree with the quote "Be curious, not judgmental" by Walt Whitman? Write one short paragraph.

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First, it's important to note that the source of this quote is disputed. While people consistently attribute its origins to Whitman, there is no source text or context provided.

That said, the words provide a beautiful sentiment, and I think you'd be hard-pressed to find someone to disagree with the meaning behind the words. In short, the quote is saying that we should keep an open mind, being curious of the differences in those around us. We should seek to understand those difference, or at least to see and hear the perspectives of those who maintain positions that are different from our own. We should examine those perspectives without judgement and instead with an effort to understand people. Judgement is divisive, and those who interact from such a position don't move conversations or humanity forward. People who are curious bring others into the conversation, seeking to create space for everyone; people who are judgmental put up fences and walls and eliminate certain voices from the conversation based on personal preferences and biases.

In a world deeply in need of healing within and between communities, we need more voices who are curious and who seek to create diverse and meaningful relationships which are not based in personal judgement.

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