Tips for Discussing Politics (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
This post accompanies Gab & Jam 87 Tips for Discussing Politics (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
This episode is a part of our Blog-vember 2019 trifecta of three posts a day—a video, a podcast, and a blog post. This year the focus is tips for the D.I.Y. Rock Star. We developed these methods through our own decades worth of experiences.
Take into account these tips for whether or not you should discuss politics.
The BIG Take-Aways:
It depends on who you are; if you don’t like conflict, then don’t discuss it.
However, if you’re like Bruce, you like to hear—and discuss—all sides of the issue. Bruce can listen to the Trumpers and can listen to the Never Trumpers. As far as he is concerned, it is all "bullshit"—but not "good shit" (quoting the Fantastic Negrito). Sometimes, it takes talking to the other side in order to figure out where there may be some overlap in your ideas.
If you are adamant FOR or AGAINST Trump, you should NOT engage in conversation.
And if you are at work, you need to think long and hard before engage in a political discussion. It is NOT worth it, if you want to work there peacefully. I, Vox, have made that mistake with a former boss and felt as if I was on the verge of being fired for my opinion. I didn’t even feel that strongly about the topic to risk my job to disagree with her. Now that I am older and wiser, I side-step political discussions at work until I know how touchy the people are there. Most times, though, I just keep my political opinions to myself just to avoid potential awkwardness. Unless you know that there are people who can actually debate the issues and not just shout across the room, it’s so not worth being a part of the discussion.
Also, it’s near the holidays and if you want a peaceful turkey day, don’t discuss politics with friends and family. We have friends AND family on both sides of the issue and we still need to get along, so I don’t bother.
However, as an artist, if you feel strongly about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, put that good shit in your art, no matter what. If someone dares to listen/view your art, then they have set themselves up for whatever ideas you are propagating. That’s your job as an artist is to express all of yourself, so….
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