I guess you can say this is what college is supposed to be all about! (though for many I don't think this really happens).
Being funneled into only hearing and learning about your own beliefs I've found is nice at times, and safe, but often doesn't help much with growth--no matter what your political persuasion may be. A couple weeks ago I wrote about how it seems that substantial conversations are a dying skill, and how there are few individuals I can have intelligent and thought provoking conversations about current controversial or non-controversial topics or issues with.
I recently came across an fantastic article that added an interesting perspective to this topic. (LINKS BELOW...CONTINUE READING)
Keep in mind, this goes both ways.
Something interesting, too, that the author discussed is how
- "27 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats said in a 2008 survey that they would be 'somewhat upset' or 'very upset' if their son or daughter married someone in the opposite party. Those figures contrast with 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively, who said they would be 'displeased' at the prospect of a cross-party marriage in 1960."
It seems that being of one political persuasion or another would lend itself to an individual aligning with certain values, and it seems that most relationships that last are build on a foundation of shared experiences and interests, etcetera, but I think the jury is still out on the level of importance and "make or break" politics plays in relationships. From my personal experiences and "travels" I know most couples I've encountered are politically similar, but I also know many successful happy couples who cancel each other's vote out in elections :)
Some very interesting things to think about. Check out the article. If you've read my post all the way to this point I know you'll enjoy it :)
Make a friend across the isle. Learn something new. Respectfully learn from them, challenge them, and let them challenge you--it is worth it. I know I am so thankful for my friends that I can engage with on this level...