Do you discuss politics?

@kalav56 (11503)
India
June 23, 2009 5:40am CST
I don't know much politics; I know a little bit but I have seen people discuss politics as though their lives depended on it. In fact one relative of mine would turn red in his ears and another old man would talk in such an impassioned manner that we would think that he is about to break a blood vessel.Frankly, I think too much of emotion into this without being able to do anything concrete [apart from voting for the right candidate we can do nothing and this can be done only once in 5 years] is a big waste of energy. Being aware of it is different from ranting and raving about the follies and demerits of the system.What do you think?
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
23 Jun 09
Hi Kala! I do not like discussing politics at all, beause I've observed that people get passionate about the party they support and do not want to hear other's point of view. Nothing is good or bad, thinking make it so. I think if the lives of people run smoothly, any Government is good. There is no use of being judgemental and criticizing politicians.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
23 Jun 09
Thanks Deepak for the response.You have set the ball rolling. It is true , that people get far too involved and even fanatic while discussing politics.Sometimes it goes to scary levels with raised voices as though they would come to blows. Why would be this all ?--for some silly stance that can never be broguht into fruition by one's own efforts. I too hate these verbal brawls in the name of discussions.
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
23 Jun 09
Discussion on politics can go on and on, there is no end and everyone feels that he is right. I better avoid discussing it in length with fanatic followers. I just nod my head and say to them 'yes, you are right', no point in arguing, as they are die-hard followers and won't listen to other's point of view.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
23 Jun 09
That is what I call wisdom and my wisdom lies in not initiating such topics and getting away from such unwanted discussions.I can never say honestly 'you are right' if I have a different view point.THe maximum I can do is ' we have different points of view'. My preference is in staying away. Why argue? But there is nothing wrong in adopting your strategy. Anything to shut the non productive discussion Deepak! Yours would always be a thoughtful response Deepak!
@tjburcham (690)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I don't know enough about politics to have a discussion about it with anyone. Like you I know people that can go on and on about it. I really don't beleive that our vote makes any difference except maybe at a local level. Even then I have no idea who is who.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
26 Jun 09
We do have a duty to vote and thAT a is why I choose the safe way of discussing it with my husband alone and abide by his unbiassed judgement.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
24 Jun 09
I have seen people who enjoy discussing politics whole day. My Dad is like that. My parents are into politics. My mom enjoys it for some time, but she can't stand it for a long time. I think mostly guys like to discuss about politics a lot. I discuss politics once in a while, especially if it is the time of election.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
26 Jun 09
That is indeed a very valid observation.Men do like to talk a lot about politics htough of htere may be exceptions. Women of course have a lot to talk about and they can talk on anything and everything.
• India
23 Jun 09
Yes!! We can discuss about politics and no one can object if we talk about it over here in this forum.After all politics is the most important aspects in our day to day life.. It is everywhere and in every sphere of our life. Little knowledge in this aspects is forgivable..But you should be aware about everything that is happening around you which is effecting you either positively or negatively..This negative impacts leds to sudden out brust of emotions.It is quiet natural.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
23 Jun 09
I agree that awareness is needed.Incidentally, while I started the discussion I did not think about it in reference to the forum.I was talking about discussions with members at home and other friends and relatives. THat was all. Whether it should be discussed in this forum is an individual choice and if I can say something general I would participate but would stay away from heated discussions.THanks for the response.
@balasri (26554)
• India
23 Jun 09
No. I do not discuss politics. No use talking about a bunch of people and their work who are hell bent on making their lives rich without any concern for us.The time spent on it can be of use in improving our lives to some extent. “Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.”
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
23 Jun 09
Rightly said. In a developing country like India where corruption is just the name of the game there is just no point ranting and raving about the faults in the system. As you pointed out we can spend our time more productively than talk about a bunch of people and waste everyone's time. Have you seen the old film 'Sorgam'? There is a song in it 'Solladhe yarum kettal' and you see a bunch of people spending their time on wasteful talk. Very well depicted in the song.
@Archie0 (4669)
23 Jun 09
Politics till now out of syllabus topic for us.But it is now the most important one in our life as we are responsible for choosing the one who rule us,who keeps the society in the right way and whose presence is benefit to us mainly students.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
Students need to be aware of what is going on and ahve a healthy attitude towards this.I agree. The youngsters of today would determine the future of the nation.
@Sreekala (22879)
• India
23 Jun 09
Hi dear,How are you? I am back and starting with your discussion. To be very frank I am not interested in politics. I think politicians are selfish (I agree there must be exemptions) and if I heard somebody speaking politics I prefer to stay away from them. I have noticed one thing; people are trying to highlight their party’s achievements only.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
23 Jun 09
Hi Shree! Welcome home. How are all your near and dear ones in Kerala? Now the sweet holiday is over and you are back to base and your work at home and office,I guess. The holiday must have been greatly refreshing. I am also not too intersted in politics , though I try to get a hang of what is going on occasionally from talking about it to my husband and no one else.
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• India
23 Jun 09
Hi Sreekala, Its great to see you back again in mylot.. It is my pleasure, a great pleasure indeed, to welcome you!
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@Sreekala (22879)
• India
24 Jun 09
Hi Kala, Thank you very much dear. All are fine at home and I am yet to regain the mood with Delhi. There is also much office work pending. I will be in touch with you.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
26 Jun 09
I read a lot of genre topics, and that includes politics. However, I don't like to contribute on this topic because I have my own reserved thoughts and comments and my analysis keeps changing each time. However, I do try not to be ignorant and read up on as much as I can in order to keep with the current affairs. I am striving for a peaceful aura and environment but I do know what goes on. Something like that.. thanks for starting this discussion.. ;)
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
26 Jun 09
Thanks for the great response.This topic has brought forth many interesting responses and it has been a real pleasure reading them all.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
27 Jun 09
My pleasure.. ::) Happy mylotting..
@kawalnarang (1095)
• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Jun 09
I think just the way u think,, we can't do nothing about it,, BUT we must be aware of what is going on around us,,as everything happens according to the policies made by such people who we put there,, We like it or not,,
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
Well said ; we have to be aware of it but apart form thatw e jsut have to grin and bear the faults of the system becuse as long as we just keep taking we are not going to achieve anything.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
Sorry typo-'talking.'
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
23 Jun 09
I avoid political discussions on myLot and in my daily life. Everyone has a choice and an opinion. I choose not to share mine. I do vote when we have a presidential election. I can recall my father telling me when I was much younger never to discuss politics or religion as it will always cause conflicts. He was right. I would rather sit back and listen to others discuss/argue about politics.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
23 Jun 09
Thanks for your response Carolbee. There are many instances in life that bring the words said by our parents. There are some rare things uttered by unexpected sources too and at times like these we always are reminded of them. Definitely, discussion on politics causes conflicts and we would end up exchanging heated arguments over some fault in the system over which we just have no control.It would look rather strange in the end when we think of how people get all worked up over this.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Very well said, Kalav.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
5 Jul 09
Nope. Politics are a personal belief like religion and I don't care to get into a discussion with someone who just wants to rant or inflict their belief on someone else.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
6 Jul 09
Exactly. People get very involved and emotional to the point of argument and bad feelings thta lead to unnecessary heat in the conversation. I too try and avoid it.
• Philippines
25 Jun 09
We do discuss about politics, I mean the politician. We commend the good ones and hate the bad ones. But I know from myself that being a politician is really a hard responsibility. But that doesn't bring my blood to its boiling point.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
26 Jun 09
tRUE.that is a very sensible approach and it helps us maintain our balance.
25 Jun 09
I am absolutely ignorant regarding politics .But there are plenty of people both males and females who get so much absorbed when the topic of politics is raised .While travelling we can find that the topic of the present politics brings the gents closer while discussing it.I feel that the politicians are no longer true to their profession.So I cant bring myself to enjoy discussing politics.No longer a Gandhi or a Nehru can be found in this world of material benefits.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
26 Jun 09
True.Recently,I did have a similar experience while travelling from Mumbai to Nagpur
@mayka123 (10598)
• India
24 Jun 09
I hate politics, I do not discuss about politics but I work for a politician!!!! I just keep myself aware of what is going on in the country because my job depends on it but never discuss politics anytime....either in office or with friends.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
Oh MAyka! then you have to always say the politically correct things.Thanks a lot for the response.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
24 Jun 09
I do not like to. Like you. Rather i like to discuss things that are related to everyday life. I like to discuss what is happening around me.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
Yes there are so many things under the sun about which we can talk and this is not at all a favourite topic of mine Subha. Thanks for sharing.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
24 Jun 09
Politics and religion are touchy areas. I know so little about the first subject that entering a debate about it would only make me look stupid, besides people get so irate when opinions differ! Religion I have tackled and managed to upset some but at least we agreed to disagree in a civil manner. It is a personal choice whether politics interests a person, I tend to agree with you kalav, to me it is not worth my time and energy, don’t get me wrong I vote and care about my country but at the end of the day it is not enough of an interest to warrant a heated discussion or possibly an argument.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
Well said paula;these are terribly sensitive areas of discussion and of course it is a matter of personal choice to get into such discussions.As long as we vote and choose the candidate, we are happy with having performed our duty as a citizen. I am of the same opinion and so there is no question of getting it wrong at all dear!
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
24 Jun 09
yes we do here in our home, father loves to debate mother with regards to president here in our country, including the legislators, the congressmen, mayors, vice mayors, city councilors, chief captain of our barangay, almost all politicians, they would end up when everybody is sleeping. It causes trouble in many times because no body would surrender, nor mother or father. During elections since we are on democratic country everybody has his own right, some participate while others do not even register for vote. well things do not change even if rallies and boycott is rampant here in our place. Politics could be a healthy topic in some point.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
Politics can give rise to healthy discussions and if mother and father would squabble in a friendly banter, then it is great fun.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
24 Jun 09
I do try to avoid political conversations for the reason you listed, some people just get way to emotional. I used to know someone who would start to lose it no matter if you agreed with him or not, and if you openly disagreed with him, or contradicted him, he would blow a gasket. If someone starts a political discussion with me, I listen and politely find a way to change the subject.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
I am also like you and i normally look for easy friendly topics. We have enough issues of our own instead of wasting time over discussion without action.On the other hand if we are going to take active part by way of solid action [not just by voting] then there is point discussing this with everyone.
• United States
24 Jun 09
I do have to say i debate politics alot but not by choice, its so opinioniated that its certainly almost always gonna start an arguement. Theres only a few times i will discuss something about politics but i try to stay away from it. Its like religion, theres so much controversy behind the subject matter people take it to heart. anything that has to deal with there faith or beliefs is a testy subject to tread on. once your views do NOT meet theres you will certainly clash. But im pretty hot headed and argue for the sake of argueing at times. I know its evil but i cant help it heated arguements are so much fun and are great at passing time =D!
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
That is naughty of you to derive fun out of this. [This happens at home too , occasionally with my old sweet father-in-law ]. But, I see to it that I won't rub him the wrong way.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
24 Jun 09
We discuss politics when there are issues among politicians or in time of elections. When there is corruption especially when done by some of the government officials. We can't avoid discussing it especially during elections. As we have to evaluate the candidates record if what good things he contributed or he will be contributing to the country. We review performances of old traditional politicians so we could come up to a decision of reelecting them or not. Just a healthy discussions however but avoiding heated arguments.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
That is wonderful and I do agree thta we need to be aware of the many issues as a true citizen. As long as there is a healthy discussion it is ok , but as someone pointedout it is taken to the level of losing friendships and that I feel is fruitless.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
24 Jun 09
Yup! I want to discuss about politics. We need politics in our government. We need good politicians that is why we need to discuss it to clarify some vague words in politics. I like to talk about politics, and if possible I want to debate with politicians to bolder the politicians wrong understanding about politics. Politicians is dirty not the politics that they play...
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
24 Jun 09
I am sure you would find willing participants who would give you information.THere are many who like the topic.Thanks for the response.