Religion and Politics, Controversial Topics
Some Topics are simply best to avoid
It's a wonderful thing. The ability to communicate. The privilege to converse freely and openly with anyone we choose. Whether it's one on one, group discussions or a classroom open to questions and answers, the vast majority of people love to talk. After all, this is the primary way we share information with one another, express our opinions, and exchange ideas.
Of all the gazillion subjects people choose to discuss, most have their favorites. These may be topics we know most about and the exciting ideas that improve our lives in some way. There are also those we might choose to avoid at all cost. For many, an example of these could be Religion or Politics or both.
Surely, we have our personal thoughts and opinions on these matters and truthfully,they may be fairly staunch. The point is, all individuals have their own personal positions and mindsets on these topics. Realistically, when we're positive another shares like-beliefs, there's little apprehension that serious disagreement might arise to cause a major clash. In such cases, we can be comfortable we'll have an intelligent, peaceful exchange. Then there are those people at opposite ends, with steadfast constitutions, where the best discussion is no discussion.
On the other hand, unless you're the instigator-type of individual, is it really a good idea to begin a conversation that's bound to get loud and nasty? Political conversation among individuals of vastly different stands can become disastrous for all involved. I ask you, what's the point?
Religion for instance, is fodder for high drama, bible banging, scripture quoting and a whole lot of holier than thou being thrown around. War has been waged and battles fought, since the beginning of man, over whose god is best and which laws must be followed. We are painfully aware of the massive bloodshed throughout the centuries in the name of religion. Logically and intellectually, we also know that religion is merely the excuse for what is in truth, stark ignorance and sheer hatred. Religious Beliefs are the catalyst, whether disguised or exposed.
Allow me to suggest that we choose to think long and hard before we join in a battle of words, with someone we love, yet with whom we strongly disagree. What could make such a discussion worthwhile?
Spiritual beliefs,if we are so inclined,are of a very personal nature. Being protective of what we hold close to our heart is a natural response. We may be silent on these matters and have no need to vocalize nor preach. In my opinion, this is best. There shouldn't be an urgent need for your god to fight with mine. We're all entitled to be at peace with whomever our god is.
POLITICS should be a 4-letter word.
Left-Wing,, Right Wing, Democrat, Republican, Independent, Liberatarian...everyone disagrees with everyone else. The arguments, insults, mud-slinging, lying, and cheating.....,seems non-stop. A necessary evil and a hard-core fact of the reality of our world, it's inevitable. We will express our Political opinions at some point or another. Keeping it civil is a struggle but one worth the focus.
It's a personal decision whether or not to engage in discussion. It also would seem imperative to know what you want to convey or accomplish before commenting. Can I make a fair, honest, mature contribution to a discussion without seeming boisterous or boring?
I bring all of this into view for consideration in terms of weighing our options in foreseeing an outcome. Does debate often prove a case or create drastic change in opposing sides? Or do you, like many others, believe continual verbal pounding can simply repel all interest and cooperation?
Controversial or not........it's a choice whether we jump into a heated political argument to force our opinions on all who might listen, or back away and remain mute. I've made the near-fatal error of speaking up when I instinctively knew better. There was no one to blame but myself when the outcome was disastrous. I believe it was then that I vowed to remember what really matters to me and choose to smile as I walked on by.
When it comes to Religion or Politics, ask yourself how much it means at any given moment, to express your beliefs and opinions. How many people really care? Are you looking for debate?
As I began saying, we have thousands of things to talk about, do we not? Surely there are topics of interest with educational and entertainment value. Why not choose to keep it light and cheerful? It's a good idea to keep the peace and enjoy the company of one another, rather than walk away angry! There's time to laugh and be happy and time to stress and fret. Choose the time that benefits everyone. Leave Religion and Politics to the Preachers and Teachers.
Stay on your own side of the road!
Elections for POTUS
No doubt we will find the most high drama during a Presidential election year.. Campaign debates all over the country, most being televised, bring us an uncomfortable view of just how low a group of educated adults can stoop.
It's just the way it is. This particular issue is stressful and tense. An entire nation stands to be affected by the results. It's human nature to become personally involved, express our opinions and ideals. Unfortunately, political opponents have staunch views and are not easily swayed from the way they see things. Frankly, none of us are. So then, again we have to ask ourselves, why do we get into it with one another? Well, for one thing, what sort of a patriotic American has no opinion at all as to how our country is run? The issues will always be hot topics. The economy, education, health care, TAXES, don't forget taxes!
At the end of the day, many of us actually feel obligated to state our opinions. We have certainly learned this is a basic right. Whether we come to any agreement or half-way point in any conversation is not as important as simply owning our strong ideals.
We may never know what, if any good comes from all of the chaos but it's fair to say we might just gain a rival or two. If this is something one can handle, I say, "Go for it, just be alert in case you need to duck!"
If you'll appreciate some advice, I'd like to add that we should be very cautious and gentle with our family members and close friends. They're really most important of all.
Religion and politics? I feel the best response is, "Nah, not today thanks, I'll pass on that."
Just remember to pray and vote~~privately!
Choose a Response
If you prefer NOT to discuss Controversial Topics, it is because:
Kick back & smile with Lewis Black
© 2012 Paula