That’s what it really boils down to. It’s not that I don’t care; it’s that I took to heart the advice that my high school psychology teacher gave me before graduation. That advice is that are two issues you can’t discuss without eventually getting into an argument, so it’s best to stay away from them until you really know people: religion and politics. I’ve found that this is true, and you’ve seen the evidence all over social media after last year’s Presidential campaign. People are firm in their beliefs when it comes to their faith and political leanings, and will staunchly defend their opinions. The problem is that opinions are subjective, which means that to somebody, somewhere, yours will fall into the butthole category. Sorry, but you aren’t the center of the universe, and who can say whose right? It’s a big world out there and remember the lessons we learn from fiction: everybody has justification for their beliefs and actions. The villains don’t believe they’re the villains because in their mind, their intentions are as noble as anybody else’s’. And, as I pose in so much of my writing, who’s to say who’s the bad guy?
That’s just it: both sides believe they’re right and you aren’t going to talk anybody out of what they want or how they think. We’re all entitled to our opinions, no matter how good or bad they smell to others. The key is using discernment in when, if, and how to share them. And frankly, there are enough people talking on Twitter and Facebook that there’s no point wasting my voice in the conundrum of noise there anyway. As an evangelical Lutheran, a political moderate, and a writer, my opinion is sure to piss off people on both sides of the issue. In fact, the only place my opinion seems to be valued is in my fiction writing, on Goodreads, and in my Reader’s Favorite book reviews, once again proving my theory that drama is better placed in fiction, which makes it more entertaining than reality. Because nobody wants drama in real life. It makes for good entertainment in books, TV, and movies, but it sucks in reality. Better to see the reflection than the real thing. When crap gets real, that’s when it truly starts to stink up your whole life. No thanks. Keep the stink on the TV or Kindle screen, and freshen up reality with the sweetness of health, prosperity, joy, blessing, and favor.
So there you have it. Do I have an opinion on the threats of nuclear and race war? Absolutely, and I’ve discussed it with those closest to me who can handle it with appropriate discernment. But I’m not interested in adding to the stink out there. There isn’t enough Lysol in the world for the funk of opinions littering the airways, anyway.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great week.