So, who wants to get political? I can see everyone running for the doors right now! Everyone avoids speaking of politics, religion, or anything else that tends to give rise to anger at normally jovial family dinners.
I'm sure my political orientation is no secret to most people. I am a very liberal person.
Wait! Don't automatically unfollow my blog, my dear conservative friends! After all, I have many conservative friends, and the vast majority of my family is conservative. I guess I'm just the oddball ;)
I am writing this because I don't understand why politics separate people so much. It seems as if two people could have everything in the world in common, but if they are of different political persuasions they automatically become mortal enemies.
That's so insane to me. Several of my blogging friends are conservative, and I love their blogs every bit as much as my liberal friend's blogs. I think friendships should trump political differences. But the problem is, they too often do not.
Why do we take it so personal when someone is of a different political persuasion than us? Why do we automatically feel the need to try to change someone's mind when their political orientation doesn't fall in line with ours?
I think the problem arises due to the fact that we always believe we are right. I mean let's face it, when do we ever want to admit that we are wrong? That goes for liberals and conservatives both. So when someone is of a different political persuasion than us, we automatically think "I am right, they are wrong".
But where does that type of thinking really get us? Why can't we just simply say "I have my beliefs, you have your beliefs, so let's just leave it at that, shake hands, and have a beer together". Or if beer is not your thing, maybe a martini (shaken, not stirred).
Seems as if this approach would save a lot of friendships :)
Why do you think we get so easily offended when it comes to our politics? Are you able to have close friendships with people whose political opinions differ from yours?