I've never really enjoyed talking politics. Who does? I'm not even sure politicians enjoy talking politics. It usually results with people getting mad at each other because no one is willing to bend or see the other person's point of view. Nothing is resolved. Nothing changes. Unless you're actively involved in it, it doesn't seem to do anyone any good.
My boyfriend and I have opposing views on many topics. Early in our relationship, we just avoided them completely. As we've gotten to know each other better, we can discuss some of the hot topics, but I find that it just stresses me out.
So, for my own sanity, I've decided to retire from discussing politics. I'm not saying I'll totally tune out if I'm with a group of friends and it comes up. I just don't want to get into any heated debates about policies that I have no control over. I'll still vote and I'll still educate myself on current events and issues, but it won't be a huge priority in my life.
Instead, I'm going to focus on bettering myself. Instead of listening to NPR during the news segments, I'll listen to an empowering audio book. Instead of reading the news, I'll take an online class. Instead of engaging in heated arguments over who's puppet is better, I'll lift up my discussion partners by encouraging them to follow their dreams.
I'm sure I'll get plenty of folks who say I'm part of the problem by not being part of the solution. However, I think that if more people focused on bettering themselves instead of complaining about things they aren't actively trying to change, maybe we wouldn't have as many problems as we do. People would be happier and more content with themselves so they wouldn't have to project their insecurities on everyone else. I'm gonna give it a try and I'll let you know how it turns out. I encourage you to do the same. Peace.