I made a bold decision tonight, while sitting at the bar, eating a steak and drinking gin & tonics.
It all started with a tweet, then a direct tweet. And another. Then another. Then I went back to finishing my steak and discussing tech stuff with my friend Tim.
After ignoring Tim to tweet a reply, trying to multitask and do more things at once, and having my focus so focused on that reply instead of the person-to-person discussion I was having, I decided that I can no longer tweet about politics.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy conversing about politics. Quite the contrary. I like it. I try to keep an open mind and learn, admitting when I’m wrong [most of the time] and engaging in a mostly healthy discourse of differences.
But my concern is this: I don’t want to know people by what political party they side with. And on the same token, I would like to know people by other things that are not related to anything political. For example, it would be a shame that people knew me for being a bleeding liberal than someone who made funny scooter videos and posting clever tweets.
So with that, I am signing off replying to and posting anything political. I will still follow political figures like Barack Obama and Al Gore and I’ll still laugh and pause at some of the tongue-in-cheek and politically-geared tweets I read.
Because I’ve had an issue before and I don’t care for that to happen again.
At the same time, I should be enjoying a real person-to-person conversation than worried about a discussion that will only prove two wrongs don’t make a right.