I realize that we live in a world of blatant opinion giving and that, at least in the United States, we are allowed to have those opinions. I love Facebook for what it has allowed as far as people being able to connect, to provide simple levity on bad days, and even for the spreading of news and information that can make the world a better place. However, with politics in full campaign swing, there is a fair share of propaganda and outlandish commentary by individuals on both "sides of the isle."
Recently I had a "conversation" with a cousin of mine who is as liberal as the day is long. While I consider him to be a decent person, the older he has become, the more liberal and antagonistically so he seems to be.
While I have rarely heard of people changing their political opinions due to some status update, or even the rambling commentary that we all find ourselves in from time to time, we still engage? Why?
Perhaps we do it because we hold out some hope that we can change someone to what we believe is the right way to think? Maybe we feel that if we share our opinions and others agree, we can feel justified or "not alone" in our way of thinking -- and if we are not alone, we must be right.
But this much I do know, I am really getting tired of some of the arguments that I hear. Republicans are not necessarily racist if they don't like how Obama is running the country. And my most hated is the assumption that if you don't like one candidate you must like the other candidate in the opposite party. Just remember people, it is possible to not like someone's politics independently of their race, or what another candidate is about. While there is probably little room for civility education in a simple blog post or Facebook status update, just remember that those you argue with are probably as sick of hearing your arguments as you are of hearing theirs.