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Give Up Political Debates

Updated on September 14, 2016

The simple truth is I cannot change the way others think, or what they believe politically. I can only control my own thoughts and feelings, and debating politics can be a drain. This is what I have been telling myself lately.

Today is the day to give up debating politics. After the last election cycle, I arrived at the conclusion that most every debate and argument I have ever engaged in was a waste of my time. Even the non-political ones were a waste, but the political ones were far more draining. I still have my political opinions and all that, but I am done talking about it online. Politics has always been a point of contention, but I am not getting a high off discussing these things anymore. Now when it comes to the religion thing, I never got my kicks off discussing that because I believe what I believe, and who cares what someone else thinks. I always felt a bit more comfortable discussing political and social issues because these are secular topics in nature, and I am a big proponent of the separation of church and state. Religion, or the lack thereof, just seems like such a private thing to me, sort of like the underwear you wear. No one really needs to know the details, but some feel the need to share more than others. Even though I believe in God, I would feel too weird to tell someone I am praying for them. Usually, I just think good thoughts for someone instead, but that is just my take on it.

I never understood how the religionists and atheists could go at it day and night sparring with each other, but I guess they feel the same way about those issues as I used to about debating politics. Like I said still have my opinions and all that, but now I really do not want to engage with anyone about it at length. There has always been swirling debate and heated discussion in this arena, but none of what I believe or think will change the world. A veil was lifted when I reached political discourse overload, and I just decided it was time to move on.

What do I care about more today? I care about writing my novel, working on my artwork, taking pictures, and enjoying walks in the San Bernardino Mountains. With all the tragedy in the world, I think we as Americans - and we as humans - need to find more reasons to get along with each other. Even what can be considered healthy and thoughtful debate can easily cross over to hurtful and mean spirited spars. The world will never change because two people decided to debate about religion or politics. No Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Labour Party member, Tory, religionist or atheist has all the answers. My sister is an introverted and wise person who grasped this years ago; she sees no point to debating what she thinks about issues because it will never make things better. We all have our different beliefs and opinions, but really, all the thrill of debating has left me. I see no point anymore. I ways always sensitive all along and whereas I engaged in some of those online discussions, I literally feel drained after even reading some of the swirling debates going on lately. Guess I lost some of the passion I had for it, but that is okay. I have plenty of passion and authenticity for other aspects of life; things that are less confrontational as it were.

I suppose many people get a thrill or rush off debate, but I know being an introvert my energies have been re-centered. I am focusing more on my art, writing, and nature. So you may engage in debate with people online, but are they your real friends? Some are, but many will never wonder about you if you did not show up the next day to post something. Well, they might wonder in passing, but they do not care about you like your family and friends in real life do. Sometimes it good to put all this in perspective when we are getting in our "I know everything in the world" debates and just shut off the computer for awhile. Call you sister, play with your kids, or go for a walk. There are better things in the world than always debating with each other.

Nature is more soothing than debate.
Nature is more soothing than debate. | Source
There comes a time when this introvert does not thrive off the debates of the day.
There comes a time when this introvert does not thrive off the debates of the day. | Source
Silence in taking a step away from all the debates.  What a swirl of opinions, and how is my opinion adding to the mix anyway?
Silence in taking a step away from all the debates. What a swirl of opinions, and how is my opinion adding to the mix anyway? | Source
So I go for a walk in nature and enjoy that much more.
So I go for a walk in nature and enjoy that much more. | Source
Looking at the beauty of nature puts this all in perspective.
Looking at the beauty of nature puts this all in perspective. | Source
Nature is peace and serenity.  Debating is not for me anymore.
Nature is peace and serenity. Debating is not for me anymore. | Source

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you gradeAmerican!

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      gradeAmerican 

      7 years ago

      nice pics!

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      Debra Allen 

      7 years ago from West By God

      I have one already and just renamed it. Here is the link: http://hubpages.com/hub/Take-A-Ride-To-The-Beautif...

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Sirdent,

      I just feel that in the last month I have had enough of all debates. Actually I have not posted in any forum in a long time, but it has got to the point that even if you read a simple news article people are arguing in the comments. I am just doing my best not to read that drivel, I have better things to do with my time :). Yes I took these photos sirdent. The pictures are from the San Bernardino Mountains.

      Hi Lady G,

      You should definitely write a hub about the mountain where you live. Your ideas for hubs sound like good ones, and a way to make a little money here on Hubpages. You can use your Hubpages widget to promote your hubs on your blog as well, which can help to get you more traffic. I look forward to reading some of your new hubs, and appreciate real friends like you :).

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      Debra Allen 

      7 years ago from West By God

      I like to still spar every know and again, but I am also getting tired of all the psuedo-friends here as well. I may be going in a different directions with my hubs as well this year. I got a new stove and I can now bake and cook and all that good stuff and just maybe I will go into posting some new recipes and things like that and of course my gardening ideas. I have been asked to do hubs on winter farming and gtowing things in an apartment. I am going the frugal path in all of this as in dollar stretchers and substitute ingredients if you are missing an ingredient for a recipe.

      I love those pictures. May I will post up a hub about the mountain that I live on too. I have lots of those pictures already.

      Hugs SweetiePie and for being my true friend here on HP.

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      SirDent 

      7 years ago

      I can't say that I blame you one bit. I only post every now and then in both forums and never to debate anymore.

      Are those photos ones that you took?

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Hello, Hello,

      The more I think about it there is very little reason to argue or debate about any of this stuff. For instance, you could take an argument from say three years ago and simply insert a more current topic, and people would pretty much just be saying the same things anyway. We all have differing views on things, and debating these is not going to change that.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Debates are all very well but with religion and politics nobody listen. Well written hub and beautiful pictures

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Dave, I just had to give up the things that did not bring peace to my life.

      Earth Angel,

      I appreciate your comments, and I agree it is better to try and foster peace on a personal level as much as we can.

      Nancy,

      I appreciate your comments as always. Yes, this short post was filled with a bit of passion, and something that has been on my mind for a couple of weeks.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Julia, You are at your best when writing these kinds of posts. Loved it.

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      Earth Angel 

      7 years ago

      Blessings and good morning SweetiePie!

      I agree with you! Anything we do personally that raises our awareness of the importance of peace and a more evolved consciousness helps everyone!

      Blessings to you always, EarthAngel!

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      DavePrice 

      7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Gotta say I'm with you on this one - the greatest revenge is to live a good life... I think you're winning

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks!

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      am@n 

      7 years ago

      wow... very nice

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