How do you stand if you’re afraid how it will sit with friends?
It has become a strange phenomenon and especially more so in this election cycle about taking a stand. While some are so adamant about loving Trump others think he is the devil. While some think Clinton is the answer, others are convinced she is the dirtiest politician in the world. This was an issue before the election… and still seems to be now.
The same thing has repeated itself, but now with Joe Biden.
These are the people on both sides of the fence that you see posting all the time on social media screaming (for as much as you can scream in a written post) about how you should unfriend them if you don’t see it their way, or if you see it another way, you have no clue. Still, there is another set many don’t talk about but will have a major impact on the coming election.
These are the ones whole will “vote their conscience” but not share it with you.
Don’t want to be blasted for it?
The answer is pretty simple. There are a number of people that have plenty of friends on the opposite side of the fence or have opposing views to them.
I wouldn’t call them passive aggressive, but I find it interesting in how so many, on both sides of the fence keep their political views out of the spotlight, in order to keep certain conversions at bay. How do you take a stand here? Simple, these people stand on their beliefs, their convictions, but choose to keep politics out of play in conversations both online and off.
If you’re afraid how it will sit? Maybe, letting it slide.
I enjoy heated debates. I enjoy arguments and I have friends that are both far to the left and far to the right of where I stand. The difference I find with them in discussing politics is that I feel confident they will hear a point of view as I am always ready to hear theirs.
As I ask questions or share contradicting information with these people, they are open to hearing where it came from and if they can find out anything that supports what I have found.
These are the conversations I find have the most merit and lead to the best discussions. But regardless of someone being left, right, in the middle or independent, I have no interest in talking to a wall that is only ready to counter without considering another view.
How do you take a stand if you’re afraid how it will sit?
There is a lot more middle ground than people realize. I know many Republicans with democratic mindsets, just as I know democrats with republican mindsets. There are pro-life democrats just as their are gay republicans and if a few conversations were started with the idea of bringing a point to the table, while being prepared to hear another side, we might not be in the situation we are in. A starting point, might be just as simple as asking ourselves and others, can you hear a different opinion without immediately attacking it? Then can we share a conversation and debate over an insulting screaming match?
Loren Weisman Messaging Strategist Loren Weisman is a Contributor for FSG Messaging and Optics. Loren focuses on the authenticity, authority, optics, psychology and perceptions of a brand, persona or product.
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How do you stand if you’re afraid of how it will sit with others?