Or should I just keep quiet?
February 14, 2013 2:42 AM Subscribe
Help me navigate a clash of political ideals without losing my friends.
posted by Ziggy500 to Human Relations (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A lot of my friends have a political viewpoint relating to a particular national issue that I find too problematic to support wholeheartedly - although I think it has its pluses, I think that no one is even acknowledging the minuses. My Facebook feed is full of photos and slogans. Part of me would really love to have a discussion with them about this question because I actually think it's quite interesting. But they are a very black-and-white thinking group, and seem to reject any attempts at impartial discussion - it's all very "If you're not with us, you're against us". It is a VERY emotive topic for a lot of them - more so than from me.
Now they are asking me to join them in some of their activities in support of this movement. I can't decide whether it's worth telling them how I feel even if it causes problems, or whether I should just keep quiet and come up with bogus excuses - and how I can continue to feel at peace with myself when I have really strong feelings and no safe outlet for them.
I guess my question is, what have you guys done when your close friends have differed from you politically? If you've kept quiet about what you believe in order to keep the peace, did you regret it?
I haven't specified the politics in question as I don't wish to derail, and also I'm not posting this anonymously.