By Helen De Cruz
How can you maintain a friendship in the face of a serious moral disagreement? When should you accommodate - which should not mean that you should agree with the other, but at minimum agree to disagree - to let it rest and remain friends in the face of disagreement? When is a moral disagreement a good reason to end a friendship? However they did it, Justice Ginsberg and the recently deceased Justice Scalia managed to maintain a friendship in the face of deep disagreement about moral issues such as same sex marriage and affirmative action. It was such a remarkable phenomenon it made the news (even before Scalia's passing).
There is something valuable in being able to live and work, to pursue joint projects with those we disagree with. As David Wong writes, it may be an end in itself to live in harmony with others “not only on some degree of agreement in moral belief but also on ties of affection or loyalty, or on a limited set of common goals that may be educational, artistic, political, or economic in nature. As a matter of fact, we do typically live in communities with genuine bases other than identity of moral belief, communities that are often absolutely essential to the shape and meaning of our lives”.