It’s not about politics, it’s about you…

There was a time when I would have wasted my breath on people who were ignorant.

But that was a long, long time ago.

These days, I’ve got no time for fools and foolishness and almost zero tolerance for the willfully ignorant. To make matters worse, my “filters” left me somewhere in my 40s so I find myself saying whatever I need to say in a diplomatic way…which is what happened during a group call the other day.

With the election results were fresh out of the oven, naturally the topic came up. Somewhere somehow someone point-blank asked me, “Would you stop being friends with someone if they supported you-know-who?”

They all seemed totally surprised by my quick and easy “Absolutely”.

Of course, the question was followed up with, “Wow! Really? You would dump a friend over politics?”

And that is when I chose to share my thoughts and explain…

I would never take issue with someone’s politics. Everyone has a right to their point of view.

But for me, it’s more than politics – it’s about you as a person and the values we don’t have in common.

If you are supposedly a “friend” of mine and are capable of overlooking years worth of lies, the consistent devaluing of certain marginalized groups to maintain their privilege and the intentional stirring of the pot to make racists even more emboldened than they already are…well…

So no, I wouldn’t bat an eye at exiting stage left and distancing myself from someone who supports that kind of behavior and mindset.

What are your thoughts?

11 thoughts on “It’s not about politics, it’s about you…

  1. You nailed it! I mean, yes there is rationality but then there is walking away. We are all going through the pandemic internationally, and I feel as though politics have made it worse.

    We could have said goodbye to loved ones: left and parted on good terms. But, politics got in the way.

    Now there is a humanitarian crisis and people are becoming more and more authoritarian. We are going to lose the human niceness we have been working on.
    Please, feel free to read my blogs, you will be surprised because I wanted to help people rationalise what is going on by asking questions. The same as you.
    https://artymarty99.wordpress.com/2021/01/03/paranoid-in-the-pandemic-which-way-will-you-turn/

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I agree that politics may have made things worse. But for me, politics didn’t get in the way – it simply became a vehicle to see the “truth” of those around us. Truths we may have never seen if it hadn’t been for 2020. Like finally putting on those prescription glasses that you were supposed to be wearing but never did. 😀 By the way, please drop your link again – it’s not taking me to you post. 👍🏾

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  2. Yes! Exactly this. We have absolutely lost friends and family members over it. But it’s not about politics. It’s about the difference between caring for other people and only caring for yourself. And that’s not something people can really be taught if they don’t want to be.

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