When I was younger, my dad always used to tell me that there are two things you never discuss with people you don’t really know – religion and politics. As I grew up and became aware of the controversy surrounding both of these topics, I understood why this was something my dad believed in. However, with the current political state in America, I think that people, particularly millennials, have become very comfortable about discussing politics… as long as the person they are discussing them with has similar views to theirs.
I think I might actually be the exception to this because I enjoy discussing politics with anyone as long as we can have a civil discussion about our views and beliefs. I like to learn why people feel the way they do about different political topics and I often learn more about different issues when having these discussions. But many people really aren’t like this and their discussions turn into very heated arguments.
So is it possible to be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t have the same political views as you?
My simple answer for this is yes. However, I think the answer is only yes if you can handle political discussions without it causing a fight.
I think that people are way more than their political views. Many political views are deeply rooted for generations too so it makes it difficult for people to change their mind about things because it is just how they were raised. If they are a genuinely good person, does their political view really matter?
In discussions with my friends I know that many people think you can’t date someone with different political views than you because it reflects their values but I don’t think this is necessarily the case.
I just recently met a guy who has 1000000 good qualities but we definitely have opposing political views. Luckily, we have been able to have a handful of political discussions that have ended civilly and I have to think I can’t be the only person who has experienced this.
What do you guys think? Is it possible to date someone who doesn’t have the same political views as you?
With love from my city to yours,