Politics is always a topic of discussion in my home and in my office. Since Social Media mirrors life, my presence there is filled with political dialogue and the occasional barb.
Recently someone very close to me “unfriended” me on Facebook and blocked all contact with me as a result of my opinion about a political issue. What follows below is my open letter to the people who remain connected to me in that venue.
An Open Letter to Those Who Remain My “Friends”
My Facebook page is a vehicle I use to start and continue discussions, promote my business, and keep up with real world friends and family. I blend all of those roles together, both here and in the real world.
I only have one life. I don’t spend part of my life working and not being a father, a son, a brother, a husband, etc.
When you come here, just like when you come to my home or my office, you will be exposed to my views. I do not expect you to agree with all of them. In fact, I do not require you to agree with any of them in order to be my friend.
Some of the people with whom I disagree most ardently are people for whom I have great affection. It is because we discuss these beliefs that we have a relationship of this depth.
My life experience has helped shape my point of view on many things, including politics. I respect the fact that your life experience has similarly shaped your beliefs. I want to hear about your experiences and how they have influenced you. If I don’t agree, and I say so, I will do so in a way that does not make you feel like less of a person.
Thank you for remaining connected to me in this particular venue.
I know it is far easier to skulk away, under the cover of cyber darkness and “unfriend” and/or “block” me. That’s an option you may choose. However if you go that route, you will likely subject yourself to a homogenized existence with friends who only share your world view.
Sharing opposing points of view, learning from others, and respecting the foundation of our friendship, are some of the true gifts that make life great.