Posted by Dinah on January 24, 2009, at 14:35:07
In reply to Re: Freedom to discuss politics » Dinah, posted by Sigismund on January 24, 2009, at 13:09:50
> I grew up in a family where everyone spoke about politics routinely and have done so out of habit ever since, and I'm always surprised when people don't.
My dad and I used to sit around and talk about politics and religion for hours. He used to love to bedevil me by taking an opposing point of view, to the extent of changing sides midstream if necessary. I used to think it was his love of a good lively argument and an enjoyment of seeing steam come from my ears. Which it probably was. But now I'm a parent I find myself doing the same thing, although less argumentatively of course. My purpose tends to be that I want him to understand my view that issues that are hotly contested are often complex, and that good people often hold opposing points of view.
Forgive me if I've told this story before. I like remembering my father.
And I must also confess that the conversations we held could not have taken place on Babble under the civility rules. And that I'm totally ok with that.