How I’ve Kept Friends Amidst This Volatile Political Climate

Many of my friends think differently than I do—vastly differently in the majority of cases.

And, navigating the rough waters of relationships with these individuals has been tough!

It required a lot of trial and error, to include more than a few disgruntled fights.

The very mentioning of politics today by anyone other than my partner pains me!

What did I do to make things easier on me?

I put up boundaries with my friends.

I said, “I don’t want to discuss politics.”

And, I have been known to cite my illness as the reason for it!

I have definitely been quite adamant about this as being my standing policy.

I’ve also learned that you can gauge someone’s respect for you by how well they honor your wishes!

I do have a few friends who still bring up politics – but, they know my policy and (usually) do their best to adhere to it.

It’s just a messed up situation all the way around!

Because politicians want us fighting each other. That is their goal!

Anyway, I don’t do that any longer. And, appreciate what friends I have kept for what they bring to the table, and not which side of the table they sit on.

What’s been of great help too, is A) Knowing the issues. But, B) No longer following politics except perhaps during an election.

I’ve had to do this for my own mental health.

What is going on with politics where your friends are concerned ? Have you done something similar? Something different?

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  1. I’m not one to engage in politics either. For my mental health and because I’m not a fan of most politicians. Usually, I tell people flat out I’m not interested in politics and they get the message and change the subject.

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  2. Politics can be a curse on society, but it should be a topic you can discuss without getting too agitated. Look at the media, all it is is politics. I don’t even watch TV these days because it is so repetitious and never reports anything but the politically correct view. That being said, when somebody wants to talk about politics with me and I don’t support their position I usually just tell them I am an anarchist, and they change the subject pretty quickly.

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