Given the political environment since the 2016 presidential election, newscasts are not only dominated by partisan events but also conversations between family members and friends often focus on politics. In fact, some relationships have become estranged as a result.
Is there a remedy for this? I believe there is. One person told me her mother was a Democrat and her father was a Republican. Their long standing, compatible marriage was aided by an agreement they would never discuss politics to which they each abided. At the same time there are other ways to keep a relationship in good stead. I know of a couple who are able to listen to the other's views without making comments or assertions--each respecting the other's view without trying to change it. I also know of an individual who uses humor to "tone down" controversial discussions.
Of significance is changing the topic to that of peace--an alternative perspective that is being given more attention by growing numbers of people and organizations. Notably Prosperity and Peace Summits will occur in 196 nations on Peace Day, September 21, 2017 with three purposes: To CELEBRATE each nation's progress towards more love, prosperity, and peace. To EDUCATE people about this glorious Global Initiative and to INSPIRE commitment "to increase the level of love, prosperity and peace on Earth." More about this organization is available at www.ProsperityandPeaceInitiatve.org
The previous blog (12/18/2016) expands on the need for peace from various perspectives. Once again comments are appreciated and welcomed as the more we consider and understand this topic, the closer we become to the reality of achieving PEACE!
Good post! Our political climate has never been more turbulent, in my memory, anyway. It seems I cannot help but react emotionally, and many of those emotions are unpleasant. My husband uses humor to balance his reactions, but I don't always have the time to replay what the comedians are saying about all this. I really appreciate the reminder to shift my focus to peace. There are many groups forming with the aim of peaceful, constructive activism, and now I know of one more. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for more about Prosperity and Peace.