Disagreements are a head-on collision of thoughts. When two people (or groups, organizations, nations) who see the world differently confront each other’s ideas, the result is often misunderstanding (or anger, alienation, war). Without understanding, thoughts look not only real, but clearly right, to us. The Principles bring us back to our common humanity with the understanding that thinking is a spiritual gift that all people share; we experience our reality as we think and become aware of our thoughts. But everyone creates a different, ever-changing reality. Knowing how the gifts of thought and consciousness work, we can appreciate differences. Knowing that the quality of our thinking changes with our state of mind allows us to understand ups and downs. That gives us ease with differences and grace with each other.