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Should You Discuss Politics At Family Gatherings?

Discussing politics with family is good

It leads to needless conflict

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Political discussion, when managed in a compassionate and productive way, can be a positive and uniting experience with family members, infers Kelly Swanson of Vox. Understanding one another’s point of view can be very bonding for people, unlike simply avoiding topics of discomfort. However, this conversation shouldn’t be about convincing others, but dialogue in the middle. By remembering that others have an opinion worth sharing and engaging in these ideas, the exchange can be constructive for both sides. The issues that divide us won’t disappear. Discussing politics, in the right way, is a good thing.

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Family gatherings are simply not the ideal venues for political discussion, holds Philip Bump of The Atlantic. These conversations are usually inspired by trying to outsmart another person, who likely won’t change their opinion anyway. Ultimately, such discussions tend to lead to dead ends or inflamed tempers. Both of these results are needless. Many opinions are somewhat rooted in emotions and will not budge, no matter how much evidence is presented. There are far better topics to discuss at family gatherings that can foster closeness without the risk of angering anyone. Among family, political discussion is best avoided.

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