Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I Don't Get It

This is going to be a random post. I keep telling myself I'm going to write an entry about what I got up to in Canada or finish off all my half-completed drafts or something, but this is what I feel like talking about on a Tuesday afternoon at work, while I'm desk warming and half asleep.

A friend of mine deleted another friend on Facebook. I know this because she asked me in chat how to do it. I was quite startled, as when the person in question was here in Korea, they seemed close, so I asked why.

It turns out, she doesn't agree with his political beliefs and doesn't want to have to be exposed to them.

It's not like I agree with the guy either. But if he is someone she gets along socially with and she can't handle exposure to a belief set that is shared by many people, how are we all ever going to have the kinds of mature conversations that might move things forward in the world?


The Thirsty Gargoyle said...

Bravo. To you, not your friend. It takes all sorts to make a world, after all - or at least there are all sorts in it - and folding our arms, plugging our ears, and shutting our eyes isn't a strategy that tends to get us very far.

Besides, I like smart people who disagree with me. They keep me sharp, and there's always the possibility that they're right and I'm wrong. It takes real bigotry not to be open to that chance.

A Strange Boy said...

I actually have a tea partier on my friends list (very distant relative) but as much as I vehemently disagree with his beliefs (and he knows it), we both agree to disagree on the subject of politics.