I’ve found that after about thirty of forty years, I had pretty well defined my belief system across the political, social, philosophical, theologica, etc. spectra. Since then I’ve enjoyed discussing these areas with people who have different views, but I haven’t modified my beliefs. However, from those discussions, I’ve clarified in my mind my reasoning for them, and I’ve developed much more understanding and acceptance of different views.
If you hope to change others or have them change you, TT, you’ll probably be disappointed, not only here, but also in life unless you are teaching small children.
However, I’m always delighted to see an optimist. Welcome to the Forum, Tom and good luck. :)