Politics speak is very risky now. In fact, a study revealed that one in three Americans had called a name or punished because it openly voiced opinions.
And it’s especially true at work. Or around the family dining table, in this case. Or at the supermarket.
Wear your sad flag pin with pride
Fortunately, there is a solution, and that’s a pathetic flag pin. No bigger than a quarter, you can wear your sad flag pin proudly – and maybe even triggered a great conversation.
Let’s face it, the use of the American flag pin from any description has become the main source of the debate lately. Who uses one, who isn’t? Who uses one upside down?
Upside of all this is a healthy debate. And it must be done in a civilized way.
We have heard stories that are just embarrassing, like coworkers refuse to sit together with each other because someone chooses Trump. Or what about people who are not friends on Facebook because they have trump stickers in their cars. How old are we?
This is the rule
Instead of behaving like toddlers, get there and conversations. But there are several rules.
# 1 Wear your sad flag pin, as a good intention.
# 2 Don’t judge other people. We are all entitled to our point of view and, just because it’s not the same as yours, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Maintain an open mind and find a shared foundation.
# 3 Don’t leave to educate people back. Good conversation is self education. We listen, we learn, we consider various points of view. If you leave to change someone’s opinion, you will be seen as confrontational.
# 4 Don’t bite back. There is a good chance someone will try and make you enter. Don’t buy it into it. Be a bigger person.
And if you accidentally say the wrong thing and disappoint someone, have it. Admits making mistakes and continue.
# 5 You catch more flies with honey. Online experiments use actors to produce different short videos about illegal immigrant deportation. One version is opinion; others respect, considered and positive.
When shown in the subject with a different opinion, the results notify. The speaker in the first video is described as abrasive and stupid. In the second video, they are considered preferred, more diplomatic and more persuasive.
So what’s the point here? The point is that important problems must be debated calmly and reasonably. That’s the only way we will find a resolution.
Excessive strength, ignorance, mistaken, and a single thought will achieve anything. As we have seen lately.
The best way to approach difficult subjects, whether at work, around the dining table, or in Congress, is with compassion and an open mind. Listen and you can learn something.