What kind of sin does one need commit to lose a friend?
It’s never a treasured moment to have contact severed with someone we enjoy. In my opinion a friendship should never be set asunder without a very good reason. Perhaps something along the lines of dishonesty, maybe physical or emotional harm. Theft would also be a good reason, lying another. I suppose even jealousy has a place, although it seems immature. Yet, are one’s beliefs enough to create that schism?
It’s often been said if you wait long enough, all things will happen. I suppose it’s along the lines of 1,000 monkeys typing randomly on 1,000 keyboards could recreate Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The link will show that idea’s close to impossible, but the odds are not zero. Could happen. Well, I waited long enough for this one and it did happen. Kinda-sorta twice.
Having seen it with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears, I’m forced to believe it. Accept it as fact, even if I do feel it’s nearly idiotic. I’m talking about someone concluding a relationship for the simple reason of differing beliefs. Not even on something like faith or religion. Not for bigotry or lack of same. No, this was based on political ideology.
If you’ve read many of these blogs, you know I’m conservative in my beliefs. Not a member of the Republican party, other than in name insofar as elections, I’m a Repubendent. It means a conservative independent. I don’t believe any one party is a panacea, not does any one candidate have all the answers. However, I feel those of liberal beliefs are horribly misled in what they feel is the best answer. At the same time, I think soccer is idiocy with two teams, having a cat is submitting one’s own freedom to a lower life form, getting married is asking for anguish and expense, and playing hockey is organized warfare without gunpowder.
I would never expel someone from my life for enjoying soccer, having a cat, being-getting married or playing-watching hockey. I simply would refuse to attend the event, pat the animal, or reshape my beliefs to follow suit. I also have no doubt there are readers of this blog who will disagree with me. That, too, is fine with me. After all, this is America, the land of the free. The home of the brave. You’ll never lose your God-given right to be as wrong as you choose.
Still, why void a friendship because one-both of the parties are wrong on such an illusionary issue? A cajillion arguments pop up to be used as “reasons” the other guy is wrong, or the candidate one supports is right. However, I rightfully acquired a license in that regard. While I don’t use it that way, I “purchased” the right to voice my opinion by being committed and very much involved in the political scene in Michigan for eight years. An old adage advises us, when we feel a need to complain, we’re free to do so. Yet, after a time we’re expected either to do something about it or shut up. I “did something” and earned a “lifetime bitchin’ license”.
I submit, if political activity is so important to a man or woman as to cause the breakup of any relationship, that person should investigate further. To do otherwise is acting on incomplete information. My suggestion? Don’t do it halfheartedly or halfway. Go to the exec committee meeting of both major political parties in your county and hear the “experts”. Listen to their “valid arguments” to see how much you agree-disagree with either-both. At least that way you’ll have some rational basis on which to act.
Get involved in politics so you can have a lifetime bitchin’ license. It’s the American way.
I’m just sayin’.
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