As a young child, whenever my mother and I would disagree on things she would always say to me, “You always take the side least favorable.” When my grandma would babysit me, and I would talk back, she would say, “here comes the lawyer.”

It wasn’t until high school, that I realized that I continue to stick up for others no matter how unfavorable the topic or person is. I do this because I know how it feels to not be believed or to feel as though you are fighting a battle all alone. In a way, I empathize with others who are the minority in a hot topic or situation. I’m not saying you have to agree with their viewpoint, but we ought to listen and try to understand where they are coming from.

It never sits right with me to watch someone get treated unfairly or be completely disregarded because of their past or reputation. I continue to play the ultimate devil’s advocate, veering from the majority to defend the minority.

The devil’s advocate critiques ideas and to find the weaknesses and the flaws. It helps make your argument stronger because you have to debate back the other’s critiques. In our political climate today, it’s an “us” vs. “them” environment where we are unwilling to hear one another and we may unknowingly silence those with minority viewpoints.

The benefits to playing devil’s advocate are you make your argument stronger, you learn a different viewpoint, a win-win situation is feasible, and most importantly both sides are heard.