The Arguing With Idiots Offensive

Here’s a good one I found over on the Washington Post. Of course I can’t see Elaine’s answer because I don’t want to pay a subscription for the WP (no offense), but the question is one we can probably all relate to.

Hi Elaine: It is becoming very challenging to have conversations in social settings with family and friends due to all the sensitive topics right now. While I consider myself very open-minded, I know many people are not, so it’s difficult to have real and honest conversations without being offensive. I completely respect both sides of discussions and am always interested in learning each person’s perspective, but it never seems to fail that opposing sides get extremely defensive about their POV and I find myself stuck in the middle playing “referee” and peace maker. I get really uncomfortable listening to loved ones argue because, after a few minutes, everyone is simply tone-deaf and not listening to what others have to say. Help! I don’t want to disengage, but is there anything I can do to help defuse the situation?

Now I’m sure Elaine has some excellent advice for this wannabe non-offender, but I’d like to put my two cents in.

You have no choice but to disengage. Drop all your friends. Delete your social media. Disown your family. Stay home and get a cat.

Not two cats because they will argue (believe me on this one) and trying to mediate that will only get you hurt. Just one cat. Preferably one that doesn’t talk back.

It’s really the only way to save your sanity in these modern times. Well, until the social isolation kicks in and the voices in your head start to argue. By then you will probably be an alcoholic and won’t care as much, though.

What do you think? What advice would you give? Let me know in the comments!

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