Tuesday, October 21, 2008

On Religion and Politics

It's that time of the decade again folks.  The election.  I'm sure all of you are as sick of being inundated daily with political tripe and mudslinging as I am.  And I don't even have T.V.  In this heated debate everyone seems to have an opinion, and they seem to have all the cutting remarks for those who disagree with them too.

When I began this blog I did not make a conscious decision to become apolitical, nor did I decide not to speak about my faith, although I know sometimes I slip a little spirituality into this cocktail of crazy.  The fact of the matter is, both of these things are very important to me.  And those of you who know me personally probably know which way I lean.  And I know it has surprised many of you on occasion.  

I choose not to use this blog as a platform to further my political or religious agenda, because there is no agenda. The opposite of which seems painfully obvious in some of my favorite places.  I've found that opening a discussion of this sort over the comment section of an internet blog becomes messy and isn't really a dialogue at all.  It's more a collection of monologues and hurled accusations.  I find it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Worse than those six cloves of garlic I had last night.  

As citizens of a free and Democratic society (rights that people in less fortunate places of the world die for) it is our right to take part in the election process as well informed voters.  But it is not our right to force those views upon others or rub our opinions in the faces  of those who may disagree with us.  Although you actually do have the right do do so as provided by the first amendment.  But it is inhumane and discourteous.  And I, for one, am sick of it.

I am happy to have a discussion on my beliefs whether they be spiritual or political with anyone who chooses to do so in an engaging and openhearted conversation.  We can even debate.  But my relationships with people, regardless of their political or religious persuasions are far more important to me than the advancement of my political ideals.  I would rather invite you over for a cup of tea and talk about our favorite books and send you on your way with some cookies and a hug than open this blog up as a pedestal of political subterfuge.

That, Dear readers, is that.


Amanda said...

Nicely said. And, some of my favorite conversations with you are those of the spiritual nature, and have been held while drinking tea (or a combo of lemonade, sprite and vodka).

Charlotte said...

You know, I agree with you on the overwhelm and I would very much enjoy a conversation with an informed but courteous person on the other side, because I believe there is much common ground and I'd love to understand their position from a courteous perspective. I spent some time on that candidate's website today and could not get any straight answers on my big issue - healthcare.


the Dude said...

I've just discovered your blog. Love the wit and that it's well written.

As for the morning sickness, you may already know this one - soda water. It's good for your teeth/mouth when nausia sets in or after getting sick and it will settle your stomach (acid + base = neutral). I've recommended it to dozens of my patients and they said it works like a charm.

Good luck.