I originally wrote part of this in 2008, but I revamped it for this post (yes, this must be 2008-2010 week).
I never discuss politics. even though I’m very interested in the process and fascinated with the emotions on both sides.
Consequently, I’m always taken aback when someone I respect, admire, or simply like, espouses a view that is the antithesis of what I believe. I’m faced with being annoyed, re-evaluating that person, or putting my respect/admiration/affection up against my values. I would prefer that the person just keep quiet on that aspect of his life, which leads me to my weird question today.
Can you truly be friends with someone whose values are so divergent from yours? Or, can you be a friend and just ignore that part of his character?
Is friendship another word for acceptance? And if you can’t accept a friend’s views, are you truly friends?