This is a topic I've thought about for a while now. It's that age old saying "discussing politics and religion is always a bad thing". Whether it be among friends, family members, etc, etc.. it can quite literally create a divide among people. Which is why.. me personally.. I don't often discuss those two often "taboo" topics among friends and family. It's a topic that is heatly debated among people and can invoke very strong emotions. In some cases it can even destroy friendships. I've found this out personally among family members and close friends of mine.. which is why... I try and avoid political / religious spats. Now on the Vine / Internet in general... we have a unique culture. Due to it being the internet and anonymity it provides... people.. including myself.. are more free to voice our opinions without fear of repercussions. Such is the age / nature of the internet. You see it everywhere. Newsvine, Youtube, Sodahead, Blogs, Google, etc, etc.. you name it. People voice there opinion.. and how they usually they truly feel. Most probably realistically wouldn't voice it in person to just anyone... or so freely. We will take the Vine for example. We have our Democratic side... our Republican side.. Independent... whatever. We are all very passonite about our viewpoints, etc, etc. Hell most of us can probably name our top nemisis on the Vine in regards to polticics / religious opinions. We can arm chair quarter back insults / thoughts / ideas back and forth all the time, but one thing I've realized is... and maybe a lot of people online don't.. is if you leave the politics and religion aside.. you can find common interests / ideas in the people you are sparring against daily on the Vine. :) I know this from personal experience. I have many friends... whom.. after debating and being on the other side of the fence on the Vine... have grown to like and form in lack of a better word a "bond" with. They are good people! Just because we might not politically agree, ideologicaly agree, or even religiously agree with.. they are good people. I refer to my own personal friends. I'd say its safe to say... 2/3rds of my friends whom I know personally and hang out with on a daily basis don't agree with my politics and religious views. We just don't talk about it often. Do I think any less of them? Of course not. They are my best friends first and foremost. I'm sure many of you fellow Viners feel the same way. We all have friends in life that might not agree with our political / religious views.. yet.. we are still friends. :) Since my time on the Vine.. I've had many debates with people.. and some who are my in lack of a better word "arch enemies". Yet.. on things that don't pretain to politics or religion.. I see us having more often then not a common ground and understanding. In fact... a lot of people whom I sparred daily with... are now whom I consider friends. We have a mutual understanding. It might not be in politics... it might not be on religion... but we have found things we have a common ground on. Whether it be... photography interest.. which was one for me. (I won't name names)... or a handful of other issues. I truly believe that most of us Viners have more in common then we think with each other. I've personally become friends with a few Viners whom.. I had thought I'd never be friends with.. but glad I did. I think that is totally great. Furthermore... I suspect.. if we had a Vinemeet (which has happened which I couldnt attend sadly) and we were all thrown into a room together.... with no knowledge of who was who on the Vine... I'd bet money many friendships would develop without knowledge of the bantering and political / religious views on the Vine. Which brings me to my point. While we might like to argue / debate / challenge / and shake somebodies political and religious views... in reality.. I think we all have more in common with each other then we'd like to admit on the Vine. After all... we are all human beings.. regardless of if we are American are not.. we all want what is best for our countries and families. I am proud to say I have Vine friends who while might not agree with what I say politically or religiously... are still friends. After all.. there is more to life then just politics and religion. So.. I ask you keep this in mind when you are debating and sparring against someone. You never know... this could be a friend of yours... or someone walking down the street.. and had they not been so vocal about issues / politics / or religion.. you could have been very easily been there best friend. There is more to life then politics and religion and that in itself does not define a person. I suspect many of us.. had we all met in a group setting... would be friends with each other... without knowing how each person stood on certain things and on the Vine. This is just my view and I wanted to share it. So.. keep in mind.. when you are debating someone on the Vine, etc, etc... just think. This could be a friend of yours.. a neighbor... a co-worker... a family member.. whatever. While its easy to get worked on online.. it could easily be someone you know or like. Politics / Religion do not define a person. Just because you think differently then someone else... dosen't mean they are a dumb bad person. It's like the age old saying goes "opposites attract". Just some food for thought. Thanks for reading what I have to say. Cheers.
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