Politics and Religion are two topics that shouldn’t be debated on. These are two sensitive topics that there could be no right or no wrong, that there could be a lot of angles that could possibly justify one thought over the other. However, today, more than ever, it is important to discuss politics in a healthy way.
Today, more than necessary, talking about politics has been frequent in our daily lives. At work, on the bus, at meetings with friends and family, during happy hour. We love to talk about politics, but we also know that this practice gets complicated sometimes, since, often, the conversation follows a not so very healthy path.
How do you debate politics in a healthy way?
Why must you debate about politics during elections?
The result of the elections runs through our entire life in the years following it. It seems an exaggeration that the 45 days of the campaign can shape our future for so long, but it is not. The quality of the elected candidates reflects directly on the quality of public administration, transparency, and political participation. Therefore, discussing politics in those 45 days is more than fundamental to guarantee quality life for everyone.
It is when talking about politics with our friends, family, or coworkers in Website Design Services that we can exercise our role as citizens by raising awareness of the importance of conscious voting.
Unfortunately, many people can turn their backs on politics most of the time, but it is in elections that they are most open to this type of debate. Therefore, we need to take advantage of this window of opportunity to raise awareness of the largest number of people.
As good as our intention maybe, when it comes to politics, the conversation can follow a course that we don’t even want. Considering this, and so that you can exercise your part by giving people knowledge about the conscious vote in these elections, let’s learn what to do and not to do in this type of debate.
Fighting with the family over politics
Imagine the following situation: you are at a family dinner, all your uncles, aunts, cousins and cousins get together after a long time without meeting. The conversations are intense, on the most varied subjects. Until someone makes a comment that what you think is wrong, a point of view totally opposite to everything you believe. What to do? Know how to evaluate when it is worth getting into an argument.
There are a number of factors to qualify a good political debate. When these factors are not present, you should know that it is not worth getting involved in the discussion, as it will be easy for it to become a big fight. What factors am I talking about? That’s what we’ll see next.
Healthy debate is all about facilitation
Political discussions should be a means of exchanging information that we normally do not have access to, mainly through the “social bubble” in which we are inserted. It is when discussing with another person, from a reality different from ours, that we have the opportunity to know different information, which is very valid.
So, take the opportunity to learn something from the opposing arguments. It is not because a person thinks differently from you that he is necessarily wrong. Take the chance to hear contrary arguments. Even if we are to criticize, we need to know in-depth the facts presented by the other side.
Also, remember to be polite during the conversation. It is quite common to let ourselves be influenced by the emotions of the moment, which leads us to use sarcasm, to interrupt the other frequently or to speak loudly.
The good debate is one in which both you and the other debaters are looking to listen to each other and learn something from it in the most polite way possible. Otherwise, it’s just two monologues going on at the same time, isn’t it? If you realize at the beginning of a policy conversation that this is not your case or that of the other person involved, it may not be a good idea to participate.