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Daily Prompt: Polite Company

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

It’s been a while since a participated in the Daily Prompt.  Although I’m sure you’ve all had withdrawals, I commend you for your perseverance for, uh, persevering through those tough times.  But I’m back, and I’m here to alleviate your pain.  Or add to it, depending on your point of view.  Eh, fuck it.

Here goes nothing.

I tend to agree with this statement.  While I myself – that’s a little redundant, don’t you think? - don’t succumb to anger when discussing religion or politics, a good portion of people do.  I tend to avoid conflict wherever possible because, well, I can’t stand it.  Arguing and fighting are pointless.  Nothing will ever get solved if voices are raised and anger is raging.  Nobody can think coherently during those moments.  So I try to avoid them if possible.


Some of the most commented and hotly debated posts in this very weblog (that’s what those extremely complimentary web bots call it) have been religious or political in nature.  I respect, or try to, other’s opinions whether or not they concur (like a doctor) with me, but normally the debates always end up right back where they started because neither person will concede their position and it usually ends with me saying enough is enough since nothing is getting accomplished.

This is usually what a majority of political or religious discussion devolve into.

I do my best to respect the views and beliefs of others, I really do.  But I tend to avoid those conversations when at all possible because most people are very passionate about them.

What about you, dearest reader?  Do you enjoy discussing politics are religion with others?  In your experience, how does that normally turn out?

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79 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Polite Company

  1. Let’s argue about the color green, shall we?


    Posted by Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher | January 15, 2013, 10:00 am
  2. I am spiritual, but not religious, so I avoid that conversation as much as possible and I think the majority of politicians are giant blow holes, spewing their crap and talking in circles, so that one is off my conversation table as well. People get too fired up about making others agree with their opinions. Opinions are like belly buttons, we all have one. I think I need more coffee.


    Posted by Polysyllabic Profundities | January 15, 2013, 10:09 am
  3. Welcome back…twindaddy’s DP is back…life’s not empty anymore…being libertarian, I don’t even try. No one gets it.


    Posted by 1jaded1 | January 15, 2013, 10:19 am
  4. I only enjoy those conversations when the person you are discussing with is mature and can grasp the concept of agreeing to disagree. Talking about it, even if you are debating, can be a great exercise in opening your mind… I always say. Or it can be a great exercise off getting someone to slap the shit out of you (not quoting from personal experience).


    Posted by becca3416 | January 15, 2013, 11:12 am
  5. It’s different when both people have an open mind toward the topic. But usually no. Why start an argument when it can be tactfully avoided by discussing porn?


    Posted by MissFourEyes | January 15, 2013, 11:42 am
  6. I love intelligent conversations with people from different perspectives than mine. One night, a friend of mine, who’s on the “other side” politically, and I stayed up late talking about politics. There was an “aha” moment when we realized that one of us trusts business more than government while the other one trusts government more than business. It was really as simple as that.


    Posted by ohiasia | January 15, 2013, 12:24 pm
    • That IS a great conversation, but how many people do you think you could actually do that with? Most people tend to get irate when you tell them you have a differing opinion. At least, in my experience they do. Especially on these here interwebs.


      Posted by twindaddy | January 15, 2013, 12:26 pm
      • Oh, definitely. I tread lightly and try not to wear my opinions on my sleeve. With this person, we both know that each other watches “the other” news station, so we go to some effort to speak in neutral language, stick with facts, etc. I definitely have to feel people out. Just this past Saturday I got too comfortable with a new acquaintance and regretted it. British guy. Bats**t insane.


        Posted by ohiasia | January 15, 2013, 12:32 pm
        • Hahaha. You don’t have to censor your words here, I have a Parental Advisory label on the blog. It’s all official and stuph. You can say shit guilt-free.


          Posted by twindaddy | January 15, 2013, 12:34 pm
          • Ha! Sorry, it’s a carryover habit from my own blog, I guess. Or maybe from my not-so-distant babysitting days.

            THIS guy though, holy crap. He was like, “…when Obama promised free hospital stays.” And I was like, “Free wha-? Are you talking about universal healthcare?!” This is after he insists some poor British chick was American because her father was American. I stayed at that table WAY too long.


            Posted by ohiasia | January 15, 2013, 12:39 pm
          • Yeah, there’s some looney’s out there for sure.


            Posted by twindaddy | January 15, 2013, 12:39 pm
  7. I rarely talk politics with anyone, not even my husband.
    I will discuss religion type stuff with people I really know/trust, and occasionally on my own blog- hopefully in a non-offensive manner, if that makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense then *snort* WooHoo!


    Posted by GingerSnaap | January 15, 2013, 12:57 pm
  8. “Nothing will ever get solved if voices are raised and anger is raging.” Uh oh. I’m in trouble.


    Posted by djmatticus | January 15, 2013, 1:03 pm
  9. I’ll debate politics or religion with anyone mature and level-headed enough, whether I know the person well or not. I don’t mind if the debate ends with us “agreeing to disagree” because it still allows me to hone my arguments.


    Posted by Null | January 15, 2013, 1:43 pm
  10. I try to stay away from the topic as well. It’s just hard when two people are coming at it from two completely different worldviews. And it’s not the kind of perspective where the other person can say, “Well, okay, I can see your point,” because if they as strongly believe in their own faith (which could include not believing in anything at all), then the other person’s perspective will be so much in opposition to theirs. So…I’m steering clear.


    Posted by Cafe | January 15, 2013, 2:57 pm
  11. It all depends on the context. I have just finished a Masters Degree in Politics and Public Policy. Obviously that involved a lot of
    discussion about such things with people I hardly knew, but when everyone is open minded and approaches it in a similar way it can be very interesting. I do agree that these coversations usually end in agreeing to disagree but if one is open to it there’s often things to be gained along the way.


    Posted by stephrogers | January 15, 2013, 7:48 pm
  12. I avoid this topics like the plague if I can help it. I don’t mind debates, in fact, there once was a time when I enjoyed them! Until an ex-bf came around who could not handle others’ opinions without finding a way to personally insult that person. It got to the point where I just clammed up if anyone mentioned anything I didn’t agree with wholly because I didn’t want an argument on my hands. Slowly, I’m moving out of my comfort zones once again :)


    Posted by vyvacious | January 15, 2013, 9:10 pm
  13. Last year we drove through Texas. We had the choice to listen to
    a) Christian Radio stations, or
    b) news and chat shows about the upcoming elections on radio stations or
    c) western music radio stations last year,

    I had my fill. Pass. :)


    Posted by honeydidyouseethat? | January 16, 2013, 8:03 am
  14. Thanks for the pingback and the laughs! Your posts are hilarious to read with all their bluntness. :]


    Posted by CodeForConfession [Kristen] | January 19, 2013, 5:49 pm


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