“I don’t want to hear your political views,” she said. And that’s the problem, I thought. No one wants to talk politics and hear someone else’s political views. But … that’s not true. I was very interested in hearing what she thought, but she didn’t share.
Maybe she talks politics on Facebook, maybe not. She certainly didn’t want to discuss it face-to-face. Maybe Facebook provides an opportunity to join the conversation but with a bit of cover, although Facebook friends can be just as brutal as the Twitter trolls.
I’m not sure, but she didn’t want to discuss politics in person. Few people do because there are BIG ISSUES at stake: women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, black lives rights, Veteran’s rights, environmental rights, and the list goes on and on.
ISSUES that bring out the best and the worst of us. Both sides, Democrats and Republicans, are pointing their fingers and blaming the other, but America and the world have problems that need to be discussed and solved. The only way that happens is if we have a conversation. At some point we need to start talking and HEARING each other. And we need to start talking face-to-face.
It’s risky, I know. Feelings can get hurt, so remember these words from SoulSeeds:
Being rude is easy. It does not take any effort and is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Kindness shows great self-discipline and strong self-esteem. Being kind is not always easy when dealing with rude people. Kindness is the sign of a person who has done a lot of personal work and has come to a great self-understanding and wisdom. Choose to be kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time because kindness is a sign of strength.
And now repeat after me, “What do you think about __(insert your issue here)__?”
Let the conversation begin. And remember, kind words.