“There are two things you should never discuss with other people ~ religion and politics ~ remember that,” said my dad as we sat around the table one evening after dinner.
Over the years this phrase always comes to mind when I am in the company of people who don’t share my religious or political views.
In today’s digitally driven world, we declare our views and state, “My blog, my social media page – if you don’t like it, you know where the unfriend button is.” Being passionate about your beliefs and knowing where you stand is as American as baseball, Uncle Sam or apple pie.
People will get set off by something on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC or Fox News and post their opinion. Before you know it, there is a huge fight. Some folks respond to the post typing thoughts they might never actually say if the discussion was face to face. Shutting out those who disagree with us even slightly ~ is hard to watch/read.
Acting like adults and having mature conversations about religion and politics is plausible. We attended a dinner party recently and these uncomfortable topics were brought up for discussion. The bantering lead to great conversation, but only because everyone followed the one cardinal rule: respect other people’s opinions. These topics are just not worth losing friends/family over. The conversation gradually changed and we began to talk about the things that bring us together ~ our children, grandchildren, and the memories of our cherished friendships. I wish more Americans could act this way.
Regardless of what political party we support we are all Americans.
I read an article that inspired this post the other day and I enjoyed the way it ended so I am going to borrow it.
“People are really going to be fussing and fighting and slinging mud in the coming months,” said the gentleman.
“With the midterms?” she asked.
“No,” he replied. “College football.”
“And that should be what we really argue about.”– Sudie Crouch
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