I rarely engage in political discussions and avoid them in most cases. This post is about as political as I will get.
The fact is, we inhabit a politically driven world and the influence of politics on our lives is sadly inescapable.
While I have many friends, I have a small circle with whom I communicate frequently, frequently defined as almost daily to at least six times through a year. Daily would be face-to-face… six times a year might be through text, email, or phone call.
Politics is NEVER a part of my communications within the small circle. NEVER. That said, I am certain I have a good feel for how my friends might be politically oriented as I am certain they could say the same for me. A word here or there or reference to a book or film among other things can be innocent clues to political orientation.
Two friends, I no longer consider in my small circle. The alienation resulted from their forceful attempts to engage in political conversation with me that exceeded my limitations as they – intentionally or unintentionally – attempted to force their political orientation on me. I listened with no enthusiasm.
One friend in my small circle is VERY politically vocal and frequently shares his political thoughts on social media. In most cases, I am diametrically opposed to his viewpoints on a broad array of political topics, and I often find his tweets offensive. Even so, he and I NEVER engage in political discussions, and he remains in my small circle, and we’ve worked successfully together on many satisfying projects. I consider him a good and trusted friend.
I think most people would choose the words they use in political commentary more carefully – and less combatively – if they understood the political orientation of the person to whom they were talking. Few people intentionally choose to offend their fellows. For that reason, I announce here that am considered a member of
The Ambivalent Right.
I had no clue until this afternoon.
I subscribe to the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think tank based in DC. Earlier today, I received the Center’s quarterly update, which included “a roadmap to the nation’s fractured political landscape.” I found the update very interesting and informative. The email offered a 16-question quiz that enables the participant to identify – as far as this quiz is concerned – the political typology the respondent’s answers suggest he is aligned with. Once the typology is identified, Pew provides a detailed summary of the typology’s characteristics.
No, I am not a 100% match for the ‘ambivalent right,’ but I can identify with many of the characteristics of this typology.
If you would like to see where you fit in the political typology – at least as far as the Pew Research Center is concerned – I invite you to click this link and take the quiz. It offers a perspective you may not have considered.