Politics. Ahhh, the mere mention of that word is enough to make your blood start boiling. As soon as someone says: “Hey, want to talk politics?” My mind begins internally shouting “You’re wrong!”
I recently saw a facebook post from a friend that said: “If you don’t believe XYZXYZ is a better candidate than ZYX then we shouldn’t even be friends! Go ahead and de-friend me right now!”
Well, I didn’t believe that XYZXYZ was a better candidate than ZYX, but I didn’t de-friend my friend – and you shouldn’t de-friend your friends either. Friend. (just figured I’d throw another ‘friend’ in there in case you hadn’t read that word enough in this paragraph…. Friend.)
In fact, I think we could all learn a lot from this recent interaction between Actor/Comedian Patton Oswalt and a twitter user that disagreed with Patton’s politics; here’s a link to the story as reported by People.com
(PAUSE FOR YOU TO READ THAT STORY SO YOU CAN COME BACK HERE AND FINISH THIS STORY….)
That story is the perfect example of how politically, two people can disagree to the highest degree while expressing love and kindness toward one another.
My challenge to you is:
1. Take an active approach to understanding those with opposing political views. Get involved in political discussion groups. The best way to disagree and love at the same time is to understand.
2. Don’t confuse disagreements with hate.
3. Show love to ALL. As soon as you choose to show love only to some, then hate wins.
4. Remember this; some of the most active politicians in one party are married to active politicians from another party. A reminder that you can disagree on politics with a person, but still find love within that same person.
Good luck, it aint easy, it takes work – but it’s worth it.