Friends and politics…a tricky combination

Apologies Dear Read this post is a little late, thanks to a crashing headache yesterday.

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Yesterday in Australia there is a General Election. In Australia voting is compulsory so anyone over 18 gets to vote and decide who will govern us for the next 3 years.

It is said that in polite society topics such as politics and religious are topics of conversation best avoided. But thanks to social media I got a glimpse of my Facebook friend’s political views. As status updates and photos of ballot papers trickled onto my Facebook newsfeed; I was left in no doubt about the politics of my Australian friends.

I was struck by the surprise I felt when I found out how some of my friends had voted. I’m not naïve enough to believe everyone will vote the same way I did but getting a glimpse into my friends’ real political beliefs was enlightening.  It’s a interesting dilemma, now I know how they voted and the policies they support, how much will this influence how I feel about them? I have Facebook friends who support policies I have protested against, and what this means for the future of our friendship I have to say I don’t know.  If nothing else I will at least know what topics of conversation to avoid.

Political beliefs can be deeply personal and deeply held so I think my chances of changing anyone’s mind via a few Facebook posts or even this blog are very small. I would be surprised if a Facebook post changed anyone’s vote. I can’t ever see my political beliefs changing because of the post of a Facebook friend, so it seem unreasonable to expect the same to happen to my friends.

Politics is always a tricky topic, does knowing the political beliefs of your friends change how you feel about them?  How far are you willing to go to ignore a friend’s opposing view?

On a lighter note truly reflecting the Australian tradition of every community event having a sausage sizzle to raise funds for something or someone. Some truly lovely people put together a map of all the Election Day sausage sizzles. The website allowed voters of Australia to find a great sausage sizzle as well as somewhere to vote. Congratulations to some very clever people who worked to make voting a tasty outing.

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