Check Your Politics at the Trailhead
Okay, I get it…we are all a bit on edge
Ninety-nine percent of the country seems to be politically polarized. If you’re reading this, it’s likely you either want to “make America great again”, or you are firmly in the “he’s not my president” group.
Given the inevitable heated discourse whenever the subject comes up, on the trail leave your politics at home. Arguing the subject does nothing to change it, it only further divides people who should be coming together to share in an uplifting experience.
There are so many amazing subjects which deserve attention and provide positive fodder for discourse. I promise we won’t run out of topics for conversation. For instance, topics like good food and great beer are almost always welcome.
If you absolutely need to express your political opinions, wait until you have cell service and feel free to discretely add another ugly Facebook post to the millions already floating around. After all, those posts are so uplifting right?
Be a leader, not a follower
When politics comes up in conversation, which will happen, choose not to participate. By avoiding those conversations you will not be adding fuel to that particular fire. Hopefully, it will dwindle and die before getting out of control. No matter how sure you’re on the “correct side” of the fence, very little of what you say will really be heard. When both sides are more interested in getting their point across than actually listening, no one wins.
By spending quality time together and celebrating our common interests, we can leave the trail better prepared to foster some healing when we return to society. We can have a better understanding of one another, but only if we try. Let’s focus on nurturing new friendships, instead of allowing something so petty to color our feelings for each other.
Look at it as one small step in the long journey we all face, if we are to find mutual acceptance. Let’s celebrate our differences. Together, we can set an example, growing together and not further apart.
Be a catalyst for changing the course in a better direction.
Hike Your Own Hike…
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