I'm having an issue with a friend...she's been a good friend for, sheesh, 20 years now...when we were teenagers nothing mattered, but we're not anymore and now her political views are the polar opposite of mine. For years we both silently agreed not to discuss politics or religion and that was fine and it worked, but now I feel like its a pink elephant in the room and I'm wondering, can friendships last when you don't agree on politics or religion? How can you be friends with someone who so strongly disagrees with things you so strongly believe?
Answer by Anonymous at 5:15 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by akinbottom2 at 2:35 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
I have plenty of liberal friends.. I just REFUSE to bring up politics around them and if they bring it up around me, I refuse to talk about it. Im not going to let our differences between who we voted for or how we feel on a subject put a rift in our friendship. I just remind myself that people have minds of their own, and have their own opinions just as I do. No one has to agree with me to make me feel validated.
Answer by BEXi at 2:37 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
You just have to keep those things separate and respect each other. Respect is what many people are lacking anymore.
Answer by Anonymous at 2:37 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by gramsmom at 2:39 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
"I understand what you're saying, but what is our friendship based on if our core beliefs are so polar opposite? I mean, we can "make nice" but is that true friendship?"
I am sorry I cant answer this from experience, but what I can tell you is that it takes two to make the friendship work and agree to disagree.
Answer by BEXi at 2:42 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by writeon at 2:42 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by pagan_mama at 2:46 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by tropicalmama at 2:49 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
I have a few friends who are Conservatives. It's about respect. We can have discussions and disagree but we respect each others views, even if we don't always understand them.
Answer by Friday at 2:49 PM on Apr. 16, 2009