Polite company

Today’s prompt from 365 Days of Writing prompts is

Polite company

“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

This used to be advice given to young people.  In Britain, if not elsewhere, it went hand-in-hand with, “Never talk about money.”

The world has changed.

On a train journey last October a British man was talking to a couple from the US.  They were discussing the ideas for health care provision in the US among other things.  Political actually means concerning or about people.   If health care is not political, I don’t know what is!

The conversation was interesting, but another passenger arrived and exercised the right to a reserved seat and so the discussion group moved out of earshot.

As for religion, it depends what you mean by religion.  Trying to argue the case for one form of belief over another is never going to work.  I prefer the word faith to religion.  Religion is a word derived from rules or laws.  Faith is concerned with trusting a loving God.

A recent related post from another blogger http://alienorajt.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/religion-and-spirituality-a-controversial-piece/

Other posts for today’s prompt

http://peacefulblessedstar.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/never-strangers/

http://rachbaznsime.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/daily-write-15/

http://columnsbylor.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/polite-company/

http://chloemayward.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/polite-company/

http://callmefabulous.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/365-days-15-polite-company/

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2 thoughts on “Polite company

  1. I think it depends on how the discussion is led, whether or not each one listens, whether or not people get angry. It is a wonderful thing to share faith with another person, even if the details differ. We all need to work together, freely towards Good.

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