A few simple rules, should you choose to participate in the discussion (even if your coach recommends you stay out of it, but you just can’t stay silent any longer):
- Select the candidate or position that most closely aligns with your own views.
- Say all kinds of nice things about them.
- Never attack the other side.
- Never attack the other side’s advocates and supporters.
- Don’t let anyone, especially some random stranger, suck you into a silly battle.
- Ask questions from a place of genuine curiosity.
Whether you’re reading this in 2016, 2017, or beyond; no matter what country you’re in when you read it, eventually the election will be over.How to discuss politics on Facebook and keep your friends
It doesn’t last forever.
Also ponder this:
The person who feels differently than you, may be having second thoughts you don’t know about (or may have them later).
Will they be more or less willing to reconsider if you put them on blast the first time?The election will be over soon. Will your friendships survive?
Which brings up the next point:
Others are watching too.
Do you look like someone who speaks from a place of reason, rationality, respect, and integrity? Or do you look like a nutjob?
Will they look at what you’re typing or saying and think “this is just the sort of open, intelligent respectful person I’d love to do business with?” – regardless whether they vote the same way you do or not?
Others may be “on the fence” and looking to people they respect (like you) to help their decision making process. They won’t say so to your face.Could your political rants cost you current and future business?
So in everything you do, ask this of yourself:
“How am I helping make the world a better place?”
Make sure you’re registered to vote. Then do so.
The one thing you can do that definitely puts a dent in the process is to do your part IN THE PROCESS ITSELF.
Put one in the “win” column for your candidate, and cancel out a vote for the other candidate.