February 8, 2003

Total Opposites

My friend Ealasaid has a blog, and she recently did a post on this article. I was reading her post, and thought it sounded awfully familiar. I thought back, and realized I'd read a post on the very same article at Michele's place. But a post about the same article is where the similarities end. If you were looking for two totally opposite viewpoints, this is it. I've known Ealasaid for quite a few years and I consider her a friend, but when it comes to our outlooks and beliefs, we're probably polar opposites! And even though I know her, I'm not quite able to wrap my mind around some of what she believes. (that's probably a mutual feeling). Michele, I don't know, other than through her blog, but her POV on war & peace is pretty much the same as mine.

A lot of times. those we disagree with have no real "face". They're guests on TV news shows, or they're in pictures taken at peace protests. You can't really talk to them and try to understand the journey they made to get to where they are today. The opposite is true as well, and it's easy for them to write off people like me as bloodthirsty warmongers, because they don't know me. In RL, you have to deal with people face to face, so maybe it's easier to make allowances for differing opinions. And, a lot of the time, politics -- like religion -- isn't a subject that many of us discuss due to "social conditioning". But on the internet, we get to express things we might not normally express, and it can be to an audience of next to no one, to thousands. I try and remind myself that those "unknowns" may be just like people I know, and that even if they make me insane, if I knew them in RL, we might even be friends. If Ealasaid and I can be friends, anything is possible!

So that's my 'thoughtful' post for the month :)

Posted by Ithildin at February 8, 2003 4:22 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Ith,

You said it! I was talking with a pal about our exchange in the comments on my blog, and said "yeah, Ith and I are friends! We just... completely disagree on politics."

I think it's a sign that we're mature people that we can actually be friends even though we hold such different opinions. I think it also indicates that liberals and conservatives aren't all necessarily that different if you look beyond their political opinions.

I also think being friends with you helps me to keep from dismissing the conservative/pro-war folks I see online and on TV. They may seem like loonies to me because of their political opinions, but then I remember that you hold similar opinions and aren't a loonie at all (or at least not in the negative sense of the word. :-) ).

Hurrah for cross-party-lines friendships! They sometimes take effort to maintain but they're worth it. :)

Posted by: Ealasaid at February 8, 2003 4:41 PM

I also think being friends with you helps me to keep from dismissing the conservative/pro-war folks I see online and on TV. They may seem like loonies to me because of their political opinions, but then I remember that you hold similar opinions and aren't a loonie at all (or at least not in the negative sense of the word. :-) )

Same here, except from the opposite end!

Posted by: Ith at February 8, 2003 5:14 PM

what she said
I often find myself on the other side of the fence from you Ith. Knowing you personally and considering you a friend, I try to use friends like you as representatives for those that I don't always agree with or understand their point of view and try harder :) Did that make sense??

Posted by: Annmarie at February 12, 2003 5:07 AM

Uh huh :)

Lots of comments from you today!

Posted by: Ith at February 12, 2003 12:52 PM

See what happens when I get some sleep and there isn't much overtime at work!

Posted by: Annmarie at February 13, 2003 4:08 AM

Nice site you have!

Posted by: lolita at November 4, 2003 1:26 AM