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Friday, June 29, 2018

SPEAKING OUT


How angry are you?  Pick a reason...politics, religion, race, gender, etc.  No wonder so many people are depressed.

I have friends and family on both sides of every issue. I do not comment and I do not share my opinions. It pains me to see them all so angry.  It would pain me more to take a side and lose someone's love and affection.

Yet they are brave enough to stand up for what they believe regardless of consequences.  Would they abandon me if I shared my opinion?

Civil unrest is upon us on even the smallest of causes.  Where can it lead?

10 comments:

  1. It's a conundrum. If we don't speak out, in trying times, we are being accepting, aren't we? Some of us are so angry at how horrid things have become, that we sometimes can't NOT speak out. (okay, me.) Yes, it can hurt feelings, it can destroy relationships. But one has to ask, if someone's friend/relation believes so vehemently about something that is 100% morally repugnant to one's self, have you really lost a good relationship if you speak out against their beliefs, or at least speak out about how and why you disagree? I don't know the answers. I fluctuate myself back and forth; activist one day, needing to retreat to puppies and bunnies another day when it all becomes too much, for too long. I have no answers. I understand the conundrum, but I see no easy solution. I am pretty confident, sadly, that this is going to get MUCH worse before there is any hope of things getting better.

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  2. I hear you. I usually wait for the other person to speak first, but lately I feel pushed to say something. There are things that I just can't stand by and let happen any longer.

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  3. The planet has been here before and it will be here again and again and again.....nothing you can do about it....I choose not to be angry.....I'll just live in my little corner of the world and do my best to make it better. There is nothing else I can do unless I want to give in to the anger and the feat rampaging it's way around the globe.

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  4. It is difficult. I have to constantly keep myself in check. Mischief makers are spreading things to keep ALL sides agitated. Politicians who I would normally simply disagree with are now obfuscating and distorting--- and hoping that the people they are talking to are as ignorant as they seem to be. And as a former broadcaster for over 50 years, I am baffled by the chase for ratings at the expense of civility and honesty. And I am baffled by people who either ignore what's happening or trust "the man behind the curtain". And I agree with your favorite quote, above. I've already probably said too much, huh..?

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  5. I am more afraid than angry. And try not to speak out unless my speaking can actually change things. Otherwise, like osc, I try and do my own small bit to making my corner of the world better.

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  6. There are behaviours that make me angry, but I keep my anger to myself. I live by myself...so I guess it helps. I can vent away at my four walls with only my two furry mates, Remy and Shama listening.

    There are some people who make me angry...but, again, I bite my tongue and pull my head in and keep my own counsel.

    I've friends who sit on the other side of the fence to the side I sit on re politics etc. I usually choose not to go into in-depth conversations on such matters. They're not going to change their way of thought, nor am I, mine.

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  7. Any anger on any of the major issues is usually very short-lived for me. A quick burst of WTH, then I let it slide since there really is nothing I can do to change the situation.

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  8. It's a sad world right now. Time for a correction that I trust is in the making.

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  9. Politics frustrates me but usually I can keep the anger down. I too have family and friends on both sides. If someone brings up something I agree with, I will jump in grateful for the ally. If I don't agree as with some family members or friends, I say nothing or say "sorry I won't go there." Usually it is dropped. I can't change them nor will they change me. I am eagerly waiting for November.

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  10. I usually have strong opinions on certain political things, but most of it is localized, which makes it easier to have civil conversations. For certain national political things, I've long given up trying to have a civilized discussion about them.

    Online, people are so entrenched about their viewpoint that they are completely unable to consider any reasonably opposing viewpoint. With FB, I've taken to snoozing friends for 30 days just to have some quiet time.

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