Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work?
I think everyone will have close friends & relatives that they will have disagreements on religious & political topic as well as cultural on occasion. I, like most atheists in India and perhaps in most countries where following a religion is the norm, will always have disagreements with religious people on a lot of things. It’s a given when we have one group who do not question the godly authority no matter what and one side who won’t stand for such nonsense and won’t believe in the existence of these gods, forget about the laws/morals and ideals passed down from people who claimed that they were contact by these “heavenly beings”.
Why should there not be such arguments and disagreements? And does that mean that you can’t be friends? I don’t think so and it can be hard when both sides won’t budge but you gotta work at it. My two closest male friends are religious, though not fundamental, and we always have lively arguments when we get together. However, beyond them telling me to “blindly & must believe” they haven’t given me any points to ponder about. Hence I do not take their banter seriously. They are still my good friends and will continue to be so unless one or the other turns fundamental.
Politics is something else that I abhor and want little to do with people who want to discuss it on & on and are obsessed with one political party or the other. This land of mine is filled with some really dishonest, corrupt & bastard politicians and yet the people never learn. They keep voting for them and get burned time & again. So I avoid the discussions at all cost unlike religious ones, which I must say that I never start but always get dragged into.
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