Daily Prompt: Polite Company
“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?
It will probably come as no surprise to those who read my blog, I disagree. For those who came to my blog after reading the title, A Western Buddhist‘s Travels, you are forewarned at least about the fact I declare myself right off the bat. Yet I follow blogs, from Christians of different denominations, also Muslim and Jewish, and even other schools of Buddhism. Knowledge can be found all around us, to think that any one path is the only path of making us better people, is what worries me. Back in November 2012 I wrote about Faith without Fanaticism, and believe that the more we openly share our beliefs, with out denigrating others, the more we will find, we are all looking for the same things in life.
As to politics, I was raised with the attitude, if you didn’t vote, you have no right to complain. In some democracies, the winning party has been elected by less than 25% of the eligible voters. This is not rule by the majority, or as my American friends put it, Government of the people, by the people and for the people. Talk about most daily issues, whether it is about the morning commute getting worse, or the over crowded bus, or train you took today. Perhaps you recently endured a garbage strike, or some other interruption of a public service. Notice the cost of items today, globalization was supposed to lower prices, not see them skyrocket, quite often through new taxes added to the price increases. Besides the politicians themselves won’t even follow the concept, of not talking politics with strangers, they will show up at shopping malls, bridge openings, even have the nerve to knock on you door at 9am on a Saturday morning, to talk politics with you.
So, my attitude has been to be open about my beliefs, well about your right to follow your own beliefs. To discuss issues that affect our lives, and the future lives of our descendants, in a way that stimulates our creative thought processes, in hopes of leaving the world in a better shape by the end of the day. However if you also want to discuss where I can find a great cheesecake, or latte, hey I’m all ears.