Post by Cloud Hobbit Post by MattB
Why is it so stressful to talk politics with the other side?
People disagree all the time, but not all disagreements lead to the
same levels of stress.
Even though people can be passionate about their favorite sport teams,
they can argue about which basketball team is the best without
destroying friendships. In the workplace, co-workers can often dispute
strategies and approaches without risking a long-term fallout.
Political conversations, on the other hand, seem to have become
especially challenging in recent years. Stories of tense Thanksgiving
dinners and of Facebook friends being unfriended have become
Why does this happen?
I suspect at least part of the reason is that technology has made information
available instantaneously making it difficult to hide anything any politician
happens to say and then it's in your face for the rest of the day. No matter
which side of the political spectrum you fall on, this is not a good thing as
it just gives more ammo to each side to point out how bad the other one is.
All this reinforces whatever one might think about people on the other side,
plus the information superhighway can take you to places that will put
government success and failure on display and people are getting better
information or insane bullshit.
Identity politics seems to be part of the polarization as well IMO.
The constant divisiveness this creates does not help anybody and everybody can't be a victim.
Those who would deny a woman's right to choose have been pushing very hard
lately to prevent that right from being exercised.
Then as a final straw, the candidate that almost nobody thought would win did
and the Hillary supporters and probably most Democrats were insulted. I
suspect a fair number of Republicans as well.
The way the whole issue of Hillary's campaign trying to scuttle the chances of
Bernie Sanders didn't help the general atmosphere either.
I'm not sure if I think the current political atmosphere has been, as some
have claimed. Take a look at some vintage political cartoons and you can see
that people have frequently been exceedingly nasty when it comes to politics.
Changes in the way Gays are treated now has surely pissed off of a lot of Conservatives.
There are any number of reasons why things have gotten as nasty as they
currently are, and I wish they'd stop it. There's more than enough ill will
going around and we don't need the people who are representing us to be at war
with each other.
Was there ever a time when politicians actually tried to work together for the
good of the country?
I know it seemed a lot more civil in the 50's and 60's.
on public display.