The Wisdom of Knowing When to Keep Quiet

These days it feels like it’s hard for most people to have pleasant social interactions with others who “believe” differently.

I think a large part of that is due to people feeling it’s OK to make everything political, and to air their every belief. You know they believe differently because they feel the need to rub it in your face.

Just imagine how it would go if everyone you interacted with on a daily basis felt the need to tell you what kind of crime they commit regularly. You meet someone and one of the first things they tell you is how much they enjoy burglarizing houses. Or that their hobby is shoplifting. Or rape.

And then they expect you to just go ahead with whatever you were going to be doing with them?

Sure, you’d pare down the number of people you willingly interact with that way, getting rid of some deadwood in the process, but wouldn’t it look a lot like what I see happening now?

Personally. unless someone admits to being a murderer/politically-inclined person, I’ll assume they are OK. Most of the time, if I need to interact with them anyway, I’d rather not know the worst things about them unless I’m going to be living with or working with them. You are a kitten-stomper? As long as you don’t brag about it I won’t know. You support Politician X or Z? Keep this horror to yourself and I won’t feel the need to ridicule you or run away from our casual interaction.

Some might claim that there’s no comparison, but they’d be lying. If you advocate using any application of the political means against others, any difference between you and any other monster is only a matter of degree (if that). It would be best to not go around yapping about it unless you want people to treat you differently based on what you admit to.

This is my problem when most celebrities (including “science” celebrities) start interjecting politics into their public statements. It’s also the same with anyone I know casually. I don’t want to know how horrible or stupid you are. Why would you want me to know? And once I know, do you really expect me to have no reaction to this revelation?

Dragging your politics into the open cripples society.  It’s anti-social and shameful.

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Kent McManigal

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