Thursday, October 13, 2011

Love your Political Opposite

In light of all of the politics my heart has been feeling, I wanted to post a blog about love. In politics it's easy to get into a dichotomy and negative feelings between people with differing beliefs. This could be particularly upsetting when the person with differing beliefs is someone close to you. A lot of people choose not to  discuss politics but I'm too passionate to remain silent and it is too much a part of people to deny. People may claim apathy but there will always be some subject that will rile them up.

The important part to remember while we're having these discussions, is that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and we should love each other anyway. You can't change how people feel, but you can give them the resources to enlighten them through facts. Do as much research as you can and try not to let your emotions get involved with politics.

Let me give you a scenario from today:

As you may or may not be aware of, today the House of Representative passed a bill that would deny an emergency abortion in life threatening situations. Regardless of my passionate views on this subject, I found myself faced with an upsetting situation. One of my dear friends is completely opposite of me and posted some things on Facebook that upset me because of her passionate opinion and (what I see, at least)  as a lack of common sense or facts. Needless to say, I've taken a break from speaking to her until I cool my jets because I would hate to ruin our friendship over something like this.

What I'm trying to say is, while her opinion may have upset me, it doesn't change the way I feel about her. It's her opinion and I have my opinion but we have many other things in common and she is a wonderful person as a whole. Her beliefs and opinions stem from a very important part of her and, like my opinions and beliefs mean a lot to me, they mean the world to her.

So when you and a friend or someone comes into a disagreement with you, don't be angry with them or fight with them, merely love them for who they are and for having their conviction. :)

With this, perhaps we can find a middle ground and be a country united once again.

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