At the age of 7 I was challenged about my religion by kids in my carpool. They didn't criticize, but they asked me to explain. In my 7th grade English class I remember the entire class questioning me about my beliefs about abstinence from sex and alcohol. This happened frequently though out my formative years- and I give these instances of my peers challenging me credit for my strong beliefs. At a very young age I had to find out if what I believed was true or not.
Now in my 30's it seems like either my friends agree with me or don't say anything at all. My two closest friends will disagree with me- and my family will disagree, but the rest? They hold their opinions to themselves.
I was hanging out with some good friends last weekend, one of which I know had very different political opinions, but when it came to politics he got silent.
Which got me thinking- why? Why is it that co-workers grow silent when we talk of world issues? Why is it that when I'm speaking with friends about political issues that either people agree or become mute?
My political opinions have changed IMMENSELY over the past year. I'm always open to new arguments. Heck, I voted for Obama and now I'm thinking the country would be better off with Clinton! (who am I?)
Call me a flip-flopper but if someone presents new evidence I'll evaluate that evidence and change my mind. I actually really enjoy it when people disagree with me and can be civil about it.
Is this just something I experience or does this happen to everyone? Am I the only one that likes discussing politics in the company of friends? Is it normal for people not to share their political opinions? Or am I just so terribly combatitive and offensive that few want to discuss such topics with me? Or, could it be- that I really AM always right and terribly convincing that I change the opions of all those I speak with.
It's got to be the last one.