Yay or nay?
It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.
Talking to folks about:
- Politics, or
- Football (soccer for the Americans)
will often get you into trouble, especially in this social media era where pretty much everything you say is immortalized and taken out of context. Twitter always has an opinion and a hater will find you and troll you.
But still, sometimes we need to talk about what’s uncomfortable for the sake of raising awareness against an injustice. Heck, people should be free to challenge their leaders when ignorance, corruption, and greed impinge on a person’s basic right to live. When compassion for our neighbors and fellow citizens is called into question, then we must speak up, even with people we don’t really know.
Has the world gone crazy?
Lately my heart has been breaking. The news is rampant with heinous crimes against humanity. I’ve written about some of these issues (terrorism in Kenya and xenophobia in South Africa), but you only need to read the news to witness the indescribable things that human beings are doing to each other (#BlackLivesMatter).
Sometimes I wonder if the world has gone crazy. I mean wouldn’t this headline break your heart:
So yes, there’s a time and place to discuss politics and religion. But right now I feel powerless and all I can do is encourage healthy dialogue.
We must reach out to everyone we know and talk to them—just as violence can go viral, so can love (Chikwe Ihekweazu)
What about you guys? Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know?
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Polite Company.”