One of the great things about meeting new vinas is the exchange of fresh ideas and opinions. When it comes to things like politics, especially when it concerns the upcoming Presidential election, emotions can run high with moral codes that root deep. It’s important to know how to handle yourself when you’re faced with a friend, old or new, who may have different political views.
RESPECT IS KEY
Make sure to respect your vina’s political views, no matter how drastically different they may be from your own. Respect is an essential part of creating any lasting friendship, so remember that everyone is absolutely entitled to their own unique opinion and perspective, even when it comes to politics. Learn to embrace the differences rather than reject them; the great thing about friends is that you can learn about a completely new perspective!
DON’T LET POLITICS CHANGE YOUR VIEW OF THEM
You need to be prepared to learn new things about new friends, so if it turns out that their views on politics don’t match your own, that’s perfectly okay. Different people have different opinions based on the unique path they’ve walked in life thus far. It’s okay to disagree with them, but don’t let their views change your initial opinion of them. They’re still the same person, regardless of what they think about policy and politics.
STOP DEBATES BEFORE THEY TURN INTO ARGUMENTS
Talking about politics with those you may disagree with can be challenging to say the least and it’s all too easy for a friendly debate to turn into a heated argument. If you notice this happening when discussing politics with friends, the best route would be to calmly end the debate. Explain that you respect their opinion and that you will probably never see eye to eye on politics, and that’s okay! Don’t let your debates turn personal, which will only lead to feelings being hurt and friendship being potentially damaged.
KNOW EACH OTHER’S LIMITS
When dealing with politics and friends, it’s important to know the limits. If your views are extremely different and you both get angry discussing them together, know when to shut it down. Have a respectful conversation about whether or not talking politics is something that can realistically happen. If you come to the conclusion that you can’t talk politics with them for the sake of the friendship, that’s one hundred percent fine. Being honest with each other and having an open line of communication is a sign that you’re in a healthy and productive friendship!
Can you relate to the challenge of having friends with different political views? Leave your solutions and tips in the comments! (Feature image via Indulgy)