Short one today.
For some reason I get emails from Vogue.com, with links to articles I can read if I want to. (I don’t.) My best guess about how this happens is that my wife was on my account when she signed up for a free/low-cost trial subscription or something.
Well today one came in that had as the subject: “How not to Ruin Thanksgiving with Political Debate” which actually sounded promising (see later) however, the link inside was titled “How to Have a Productive Political Debate During Thanksgiving Dinner (or Just Keep it from Ruining Everyone’s Night).
Um, no. Just…no.
I didn’t click the link. Wasn’t going to go there. So, here’s my suggestion on how not to ruin Thanksgiving with political debate.
Don’t have a political debate. You’ve got 360 other days (reserving four more here for other holidays–adjust as needed for the holidays important to you). You can do without politics for one.
Not everything has to be political. Really. It doesn’t. You can put aside the politics and just enjoy an evening with family and friends–watch sports if you’re into that. The Macy’s Thankgiving Parade is always nice. Board games or cards. Whatever. Just leave the politics out of it for once.
The politics will still be there the next day. And maybe, just maybe, people will be more interested in what you have to say if you demonstrate you’re not a douche on Thanksgiving.
Think about it.