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  •  The CW is that you don't talk politics with (3+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, Creosote, sailboatslave

    The conventional wisdom is that one should not talk politics with friends and acquaintances.  And I think you discovered why that is conventional wisdom: because in discussing politics with friends and acquaintances, there is a good chance one of you will become offended - maybe both of you.

    I love talking politics, but there are only a few neighbors and co-workers I do that with.  Mostly, I nod my head and smile politely.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon May 13, 2013 at 03:47:21 PM PDT

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    •  How will anyone learn from each other if we don't (0+ / 0-)

      talk to each other?

      •  I learn a great deal about others (1+ / 0-)
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        Abelia

        I learn a great deal about others by nodding my head and smiling politely.  

        I'm willing to bet I learn more that way than if I go ahead and tell everybody what I think about their politics.

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue May 14, 2013 at 06:41:39 AM PDT

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    •  This is the case for one friend and one relative, (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, SoCalSal

      I have a friend from college who has been through me when my parents were ill and later when they died when some other friends were not. This friend has been a friend for over 30 years. But he has always been a right winger and now that he is part of some mega southern church, he is even worse. He wants to discuss politics all of the time but I got him to agree that it would be best if we did not as we just end up wanting to hang up on each other or it gets loud.

      And I have a relative whom we agreed years ago not to discuss politics as we are on opposite ends of this spectrum. And we just end up getting angry, irritated and it causes a rift that takes a year or two to heal. If we discuss and debate politics, we lose ground in rebuilding a relationship that has taken a tumble  over the years.  We are back on track and protective of that family relationship. We cannot risk getting into a political debate as while I do not take it personally, she does and she flies into a rage and wants to pack her bags and go home when she visits.

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      by wishingwell on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:51:20 PM PDT

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