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11. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

We were taught that religion, politics and sex were not topics to be raised in polite conversation. I don't know about the latter, but the first two still fire up a lot of bad feelings.

We just had a provincial election here in Quebec yesterday, and they were talking about it in the hallways at work today. Honestly, I didn't want to hear it - it's too touchy. Seperation is a big sore point here - why get all heated up about it? Best to leave such conversations for friends and family. And even then.

12. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Any subject that people feel strongly about is capable of causing "so many arguments".

It's not rocket science.

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks very much, for the responses, especially Isadora.
Anybody else, with an opinion?

Mel

14. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Tway

I am just curious.
What is the problem, with letting Quebec be independent?
Who is resisting and why?;)

Mel

15. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Tway

I am just curious.
What is the problem, with letting Quebec be independent?
Who is resisting and why?;)

Mel

As I mentioned in my post, this is the type of subject that I do not want to get into. There's plenty to read online if you'd like to learn more about it, though.

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Quoting Mel.

Tway

I am just curious.
What is the problem, with letting Quebec be independent?
Who is resisting and why?;)

Mel

As I mentioned in my post, this is the type of subject that I do not want to get into. There's plenty to read online if you'd like to learn more about it, though.

17. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Religion, I understand why people are touchy - it's one of those things that you either get or you don't and there isn't a great deal of point in arguing about it, that's the nature of faith.

Politics is a different ball game - I think people get unneccesarily riled about it when essentially it should be about trying to acheive what's best for people. I think our awareness of politics can be progressed by open discussion, particularly if we are aware of the extent to which our views can be based on assumption.

I can think of a few reasons that people get upset talking about politics, off-hand:
a) often politics can deal with sensitive issues that people have an emotional response to (e.g. what to do with child molesters).
b) people have political views based on assumptions that they aren't prepared to question, but deep down know they are assumptions - how many people vote tory/labour/democrat/republican at every single election regardless of whether they agree with what they stand for?

18. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

When religion has been replaced with politics (as is the case here), you treat political discussions very, very carefully. The issue here is about language, culture, identity, ethnicity, "reasonable accommodation, and whether or not to break up a country. It's not just about who has the best policies on current issues.

Northern Irish politics must also be an example of issues you don't discuss at work...?

19. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Actually, Northern Ireland is fine to talk about, at least at my work in cosy Brighton miles away from Ulster. But there are issues that I can't really discuss at work, including the death penalty (a lot of people think it makes sense, I think it's abhorrent) and asylum seeking (see those latent racist tendencies come to the fore). And with both of these I can see where you're coming from tway.

But I still think it would be better if we could discuss these issues openly and rationally, keeping them battened up only reinforces that status of taboo and perpetuates them being held purely based on blank opinion and faith.

20. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

Actually, Northern Ireland is fine to talk about, at least at my work in cosy Brighton miles away from Ulster.

Sorry - I mean "you" in the general sense. Should have said "issues one doesn't discuss at work in NI".

I'd guess it would be better if we could discuss the issues, but so long as politics gets people's blood boiling, sometimes you just have to avoid the subject altogether.