The beer commercial everyone needs to see

Heineken wins in this discussion of diversity.

How divided are we as a world? It seems like we can no longer say "agree to disagree" and get on with life. We have to accuse people who disagree with us of being morally bankrupt, but usually with more offensive word choices. When we talk about diversity in hiring we talk about diversity in skin color and gender, but not about ideas.

Now, I don't actually drink alcohol, at all. But I'm urging you to watch this beer commercial from Heineken, U.K. It's absolutely, positively worth your time.

In the commercial, people who aren't told what the purpose of the experiment is are given a few tasks to do. The trick is, the producers have chosen people who are political polar opposites. The people don't know that, though, they just know they have to complete the series of tasks.

After they've built a bar--and a relationship--they are shown video of each other spouting their opposite views, and then asked if they want to sit down and talk and share a beer or walk away.

They choose to sit and talk and learn through the process that people with different views aren't the horrible people we imagine them to be.

RELATED: Here are the best reactions to Pepsi's commercial fail:

Twitter reacts to Kendall Jenner's Pepsi commercial
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Twitter reacts to Kendall Jenner's Pepsi commercial
I'm sure @pepsi already has an apology drafted. These companies are not THAT tone deaf. They're using controversy to their advantage
Ivanka: there! Now absolutely NOBODY can produce something more tone-deaf than me today Kendall: hold my Pepsi
"It's not a cola." [taps board] "It's the resistance." ... "Mr. Draper, for the last time, you no longer work here."
@KrisJenner @KendallJenner @pepsi that's it, kendall just fixed all social injustices. bless.
"Hi, I'm Rachel Dolezal for Crystal Pepsi"
Hell yeah I hope the militarized police force beats the shit out of me while enjoying a cool, refreshing Pepsi™
they pepsi but do they peplisten
theory: that Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad is actually a Coke ad
When she thinks the can of Pepsi is going to stop you from pepper spraying the nearest person of color
Black people to cops: Stop killing us Pepsi to Black people: But have you tried giving them soda?
So you mean to tell me this whole time all we had to do was offer a cop a Pepsi and they wouldn't kill unarmed Blac…
You should have seen the rejected Pepsi commercial.
"Kendall please! Give him a Pepsi!"
who else is reminded of Dr Martin Luther King's famously resonant "I have a Pepsi" speech
The worst part of the Pepsi commercial is when Kendall decides to protest racism by making a black woman hold her w…
The inoffensive generic protest signs in Pepsi's woke Kendall Jenner ad are hilarious.

Now, of course, this is a commercial and for all I know they had 500 pairs of people who ended up in screaming fights that got left on the cutting room floor. Heineken's Facebook page assures us, though, these are not actors, but "real" people. In other words, it's not scripted.

There have been many instances lately where business people have slammed their clients and potential clients because they believe those with differing views are horrible people. Maybe if Melinda Byerley, who wrote a viral tweet condemning Midwesterners, had taken the time to get to know more people, she would have learned how to have a conversation and find out the things they have in common.

Social media lends itself toward conclusions. Your friend posts something on Facebook and you respond. Someone you don't know jumps in and condemns you--without understanding any of your background. Then a fight ensues and you both walk away thinking the other person is an idiot. Imagine how much better it would be if you found out about each other before making any conclusions about character.

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