By now, it’s safe to say that almost anyone who has any sense of self-worth is tired of drowning themselves in the quagmire that is political discussion. In the past eight years, political discussion has become so toxic that articles have been written discussing millennials refusing to visit their parents over for the holidays due to political differences. Friendships and business alliances are dismantled daily due to bickering about their political disagreements. If I were a betting man, I’d be willing to bet that both Republican and Democrat leaders are having a field day with the infighting in the United States. The truth is, they don’t give a damn about you and the press on both sides are lying to you regularly. That said, this article is not made to discuss politics, but to do the opposite. This short guide will tell you how to effectively keep the mindless, never-ending political discussions out of your life as permanently as possible. If there’s going to be any place to start discussing the avoidance of political discussion in your life, it would be best to begin where it is most prevalent: Online.
Online Political Arguments
Are you tired of reading about what color underwear President Donald Trump wore today? Have you finally had it with friends and family arguing with one another on Facebook over Hillary Clinton’s sex life? I’m sorry to say this, but this is going to continue as long as the internet is still running. The good news is the fact that it’s very easy to avoid or put an end to political discussions online.
For example, on your Facebook feed, if someone is talking non-stop about their hatred for Donald Trump and new posts are showing up faster than you can breathe, there’s a feature where you can unfollow that person’s posts. You don’t even have to unfriend him/her to stop the posts from showing up on your feed. Have an issue with Twitter or Instagram feeds showing political posts on your feed? You may HAVE to unfriend them. I’ve learned over the years that sometimes, it’s best to just let go of internet friendships if you have an impulse to want to argue with them over their political views or you’re just tired of the negativity and wasted energy that comes with political statements. It is easier to delete them than to just ignore the person involved. Lately, I’m just too involved in my own work and goals to even bother with social media much anymore. I’m over 30 and the only reason I would even maintain social media accounts is to keep in touch with my friends and family. I will also use social media to spread word about the website. Other than that, I find that if you’re too busy to care about social media and don’t treat it like your life, you just won’t find yourself involved with political discussions online.
Unfortunately, the fact that political discussions are most prevalent online doesn’t mitigate the fact that they are the easiest to avoid. What happens when political discussions reach you in person? One area of life where toxic political discussions can have a lasting negative effect on your life is in the workplace. Therefore, that will be the next area to cover.
Political Arguments in the Workplace
If there is one area in a person’s life where they need to avoid political discussion at all costs, it is in the workplace. When political discussions enter the work environment, one has to assume that the end result will never be good since no one ever wins in a political debate. The only focus at work should remain on the job itself. Any friends or alliances one makes at work are only circumstantial and will very likely end after the two aforementioned coworkers no longer work together. The problem with trying to avoid people at work is that you stand out if you try too hard. People will start to bother you even more if you’re distant. If someone is always talking about politics at work, it’s going to be difficult to avoid them since a large portion of your time is spent in the workplace and you cannot easily get away from people you don’t like. The first thing you will have to do to attempt avoiding political discussion in the workplace is to figure out what your work culture is like at your job. Is everyone there acting just like the person that bothers you on a regular basis about political discussion? Does he/she get along with everyone there or is he/she close with someone who can easily get you fired? You need to know this before you do anything else because if you stand up for yourself in a hostile work culture, your name on the list of employees will disappear faster than a 40 ounce in a Detroit liquor store. If this person does have influence in the workplace or everyone else acts just like them, your best option is to start looking for another job and maintaining this job until you find another one. You won’t last long if you just try to ignore a work culture that encourages negativity and bad behavior.
If the work environment isn’t as dreadful as the first scenario, then you are in much better luck. Normally, if the work environment isn’t hostile or is neutral on politics, you can actually avoid political discussion in a few very easy ways. Most of these methods are actually just common sense, but since no one else is telling you the truth, it’s up to me to fill in the blanks. The first, and most practical way to avoid political discussion without causing a scene, is to quietly use your work as a shield. If you drown yourself in your work and someone is trying to talk to you about something political (or any conversation you’re not interested in), you can simply tell that person you’re too busy and you need to get back to work. Any decent human being would leave you alone not out of any politeness, but because the dumb brute wishes to keep his job. If you feel as though he’s in your way and you tell him you need to continue working, he has it in his mind that if he causes trouble, he’ll get a warning or worse by his supervisor. He is aware that he has to cover his ass, so he wont bother you if he has an I.Q above his shoe size. If said individual continues to bother you despite all attempts to avoid them, you can always just go straight to this person and tell them how you feel about having the conversation with them. If they blow you off, then your hand is forced and you need to go to management since you tried to be an adult and they refused to act accordingly. Confronting the issue right away instead of lingering on with it will make everything easier. It will also let other people in the workplace know that you’re not a pushover although many will resent you. That is not your concern if they have no power over you. As hard as avoiding political drama is at the workplace, it actually gets easier outside the workplace.
Political Arguments in Your Social Life
I’m not going to pull any punches with this one. If you made it this far and managed to avoid political discussion in the places where they are either most prevalent or most difficult to avoid, then it should actually be easier to avoid ANY negative discussion on your time off since this IS YOUR TIME. I’ve gotten to a point where I just don’t let anyone take my free time away from me no matter who they are. Time in this world is too short and if someone tries to bother you on your time, don’t let them waste it. Putting your foot down on your time is the only way to deal with any negative situation. If someone cannot respect your space or time, then you simply stop making time for them in your life. You let that person know immediately to never talk to you about politics if you’re not in the mood for it or you’re just not going to give them anymore of your time. In order for people to respect you, you must set boundaries. If your friends cannot respect those boundaries, they are not your friends. If there’s one thing more important in a man or woman’s life than money, it is most certainly their time. Don’t ever let anyone waste it. That is all for now. Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll see you all on the Solitary Pathway that is life.