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Are you able to have a calm rational discussion?

Are you able to have a calm rational discussion with friends (or aquiantances) about ideals/religion/politics? Just curious, it seems like most people cannot have an adult conversation about these things (especially if the other person doesn't have the same views). I find it funny. My friend and I couldn't be more different in these aspects, yet we can still discuss them like adults.


Asked by AF4life at 11:13 PM on Nov. 21, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • With my good friends and with MOST of my family, yes. We have some pretty in depth conversations (especially when drunk) and they are extremely interesting. All of us bring a little something different to the table but we are all adults about it. There are a few people in my family I refuse to talk religion/politics with because they drive me nuts and can't hold a discussion.

    Answer by kmath at 11:17 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • I have very few friends with whom I disagree. But in those cases, I adopt my parents' policy: Never discuss religion or politics with friends if you want to keep the friendship. Their best friends were their complete opposites.

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:23 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • Sure.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:14 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • I have no problems with my friends but with strangers, I avoid all those topics, lol

    Answer by KTElite at 11:15 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • I can because, at this point in my life, I'm prepared to walk out on a discussion if it looks like it's going to get out of hand. I got into an argument that I felt very passionate about when I was younger but that was needless in the end, and I lost a friendship over it. I'm not willing to go there again.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:17 AM on Nov. 22, 2013

  • sure, but sometimes i think its a skill i learned from a lifetime of talking to my racist grandma & extremely conservative Christians. ive learned when to just shut my mouth cause its not worth getting worked up and/or no amount of my time & effort is going to do anything positive.

    Answer by okmanders at 1:06 AM on Nov. 22, 2013

  • I have no choice. I am a hippie crunchy granola tree hugging girl in a land of evangelical conservatives. Which means I can but they can't.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:42 AM on Nov. 22, 2013

  • I can, but when the veins in their neck start popping, I make the suggestion to change the subject!

    Answer by older at 3:09 PM on Nov. 22, 2013

  • tend to avoid religion chats whenever possible
    to me it is a private thing
    sharing is ok, but trying to debate, seems pointless to me...because it is a personal belief- never a right or wrong (imo)

    some people i will avoid chatting about at all costs, as they are very set in ways and only want to hear themselves speak
    others are more open to hear different ideas, can even laugh at each other in good fun

    Answer by fiatpax at 5:19 PM on Nov. 22, 2013

  • Yeah, I always enjoy being called a liar when I'm expressing my opinion

    Answer by musicmaker at 11:27 PM on Nov. 21, 2013