"I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's." –Mark Twain
The old saying about not talking about politics and religion in polite company really resonates today.
Both are stressful subjects and not conducive to pleasent small talk. There's just too much bad news in the world and people need to unwind.
No, this is not a "Miss Manners" moment, just something I found to be true.
Writing about the two subjects is another thing. If someone reads a controversial opinion piece I wrote dealing with either subject it's their choice.
That eliminates the confrontation part and allows for the processing of the piece. An opinion can be formed unchallenged.
But when you are in a group of people - especially if there's drinking going on - steer away from politics and religion. Talk about anything else.
In case you haven't noticed the country is more divided than ever when it comes to politics. Whether you fall on the left or the right it doesn't matter. Politics are poison.
As for religion, it's always been controversial. Each religion believes it's the one true way to God. Unless your a minister, you're not going to convert people to your beliefs, so skip the sermons.
Just Be Happy for what you have, and who you are.
Time for me to walk on down the road...