Be Cool

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Polite Company.”

“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

Please. I don’t even discuss those topics with people that I do know. Well, I have cool friends. Friends are ok. But family? Big no. OK, maybe it’s just my in-laws…

When talking to people I don’t really know, I am usually trying to fumble my way through small talk given my limited social skills so no, I am not going to broach topics like religion or politics.  You amuse me, Word Press.

But seriously… I don’t think these topics are necessarily off limits.  They just have to be navigated with tolerance and respect. It does not bother me that someone has an opinion different that mine. We are all free to think and believe as we wish, it’s what makes our world great. As long as we can listen and accept and exchange ideas in a respectful manner, things are cool. It’s only when someone judges or belittles that they become offensive. I get that these are hot-button topics and people feel very passionately about them. Still, tolerance and respect. Be cool.

So, what do you think? How would you answer this prompt?

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3 thoughts on “Be Cool

  1. I lived back in the days when neither Religion nor Politics was accepted as material for conversation in polite company because most people respected their co-conversants enough they did not wish to offend them by discussing variances of religion and political overviews. — It was a forbidden discussion just the same as nobody with any “Class” ever talked about sex in polite company either. The Public value system began a more Liberal metamorphosis in the 60s — “The Love Generation” — “The If It Feels Good Do It” generation. — It’s sad, but true.

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  2. My problem with those topics is that they rarely remain civil conversations. They almost always turn into arguments where both sides fire off small, often inaccurate little factoids that are supposed to leave the opponent with no other choice but to agree. Such arguments never Never change anyone’s opinions . . . It just makes them run home to find more little factoids on line to use “next time”.

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