In the thread below, the subject of the fabulous Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s friendship with the troglodyte Antonin Scalia was briefly discussed. Do you have asshole friends? I do.
Mostly I have asshole relatives, but some of my friends are assholes too, “asshole” being defined in this context as someone who thinks the SCOTUS would be better off with nine Antonin Scalias. I am related to people who fly Confederate flags, maintain arsenals, sport NRA stickers and get all their information from Fox News.
I have at least one friend who thinks climate change is a hoax — probably several. Many of my relatives think that people who haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior (including me) are going to roast for all eternity in a literal lake of fire and believe that being gay is a sin.
I love a good argument as much as the next person — my husband, my siblings and I argue about politics constantly, expressing opinions that range from Hillary to Bernie.
But with loved ones who hold crackpot, racist, homophobic and/or abjectly stupid views, we mostly just don’t talk about it. I don’t think our relationships could survive if we argued about it all the time, and since I otherwise value the relationships, I don’t go there — usually not unless they bring it up — and then, after expressing our diametrically opposed opinions, we typically agree to disagree.
How about you? Do you argue, avoid the topic or just cut assholes out of your life? Where do you draw the line?