As we are halfway through the primaries, I thought a good topic for today would be how to respectfully discuss politics. You see, I disagree with many who believe that politics and religion shouldn’t be discussed in polite company. I believe that we are all unique, and I love learning about what makes others so unique. Their political beliefs and their religious beliefs are two huge components of it.
I have a list compiled of ways I believe we can open the conversation up respectfully. We have so much to learn from each other, and shying away from certain topics doesn’t do us any good. Getting into arguments with others, however, also hinders progress, in addition to ruining friendships.
I hope this list helps you open the door to conversation. Please let me know if you have anything to add to it!
- Listen to the other members of the conversation instead of forming a rebuttal in your mind. Listen to learn.
- If it makes someone uncomfortable, don’t talk about it. This goes for anything, not just politics and religion. Not every time is a good time to discuss a particular topic.
- Don’t raise your voice. This is a discussion, not a debate.
- Don’t try to get a rise out of someone.
- Seek to find out what is important to them instead of stopping with party affiliation.
- Remember that agreeing to disagree doesn’t make anyone a “winner” or a “loser.” This should be a mature discussion.
- Remember they are more than their beliefs on any topic.