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- Jul 7, 2004
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Has This Election Cycle Altered Your Relationships With Friends or Family?
In my humble opinion, the internet is like a community swimming pool: there are a lot of people in it and sometimes you find things floating around in it that you wish you hadn't seen.
And few topics pull a community together to debate faster than politics. For months, friends or family members may be divided over partisan issues and find themselves in gridlock until an election cycle is over. For Jason and I, it's truly been a divisive factor since we're learning who in our circle REALLY believe in our right to be married legally...it's being reflected in their choice of Presidential candidate.
I feel this particular election has brought to the fore some very strong viewpoints on all sides, not to mention quite a bit of vitriol. More than ever before in history, I think about the proliferation of the internet, newsfeeds i.e. on sites like the Hype!, Facebook, Twitter, etc., where we are exposed to a wide range of personalities and thought processes. Some sites allow us to "block" posts and sometimes you can't avoid them. Sadly, when family and friends express themselves politically or religiously you may discover things that may shock you or even trigger a loss of respect for them.
Interestingly enough, I've heard that the two things that can really inflict long-lasting damage to a friendship are 1.) politics and 2.) religion. I've had friends who have revealed their true thinking patterns on topics like gay marriage, minorities, etc., and I've gotta admit it's hard to look at them the same way after the fact. It's like finding that floating s*** in the Community Pool...it's hard to keep swimming around with that knowledge.
What about you? Has this election cycle damaged or affected your friendships or relationships with family members? Are you concerned about those relationships healing after tomorrow's election?