Here is yet another daily prompt that caught my eye and piqued my interest.
“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree? You can view the other replies HERE on the Daily Prompt.
This may be my favorite DP ever. It is something that I think about often and want to relay to all of you. My question is, Why not?
I am a firm believer in learning from each other. Everyone has a different experience with religion and politics and I guarantee that in each conversation had about either topic, SOMEONE involved will learn something new.
As I said on The Seeker’s blog, I just don’t understand why someone would refuse to talk about either one. Everyone has a unique opinion, and that is the beauty of it. The fact that you feel uneducated about a topic is all the more reason to discuss it with people. Maybe especially strangers. Why, you ask? You may be inclined to be more polite with someone that you feel less comfortable with. Then again, it is good to talk with the people close to you about it as well.
Here is proof that anything can happen. I am about to quote a person that I wildly dislike for several reasons because I agree with the statement:
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” Thomas Jefferson
As a (hopefully) future attorney, I have learned that the strongest arguments come from people who fully understand their opposition. Even if you disagree with someone on an issue, there is no harm in discussing why you feel differently and LISTENING to the other person’s point of view. It can be done in a calm and grown up way- contrary to popular belief.
There are however, a few tips. First, don’t take it personally. I have done this, especially with religion. The point is to exchange ideas, not to insult or take offense to something. Which leads to me the next tip, play fair. People who make it personal are not in it for the same reason. Lastly, keep an open mind. Even if you feel you have nothing to learn, you can at least consider the other viewpoint.
Another thing to note about this DP- mixing the two topics is a whole other issue. Some people feel as if church and state are separate and others disagree. Our constitution states in the Bill of Rights:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, it is another topic to discuss with your friends and acquaintances.
So go have an honest conversation with someone today about something you feel strongly about, or have little to no opinion about. Learn something or teach someone something. Be an intellectual and open your mind.
Q: Where do you stand on this topic?