Since the announcement of a snap general election, almost everybody has taken to Facebook to discuss their political beliefs.
This is fine, of course. Facebook is a way to connect with others, share your opinions and engage with others regarding political and social matters. But when you start enforcing your views on others, it becomes an unfriendly place.
I’ve been asked countless times who I will be voting for on June 8. And, the answer is Labour. I don’t need to give my reasons, but if someone asks why, then I will tell them, but that is the political party I have chosen to vote for.
I chose to vote for Labour the minute the snap general election was announced. And I’m sure that people who will be voting for Conservatives, Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrats or Greens, also decided who they would be voting for the minute it was announced.
I therefore find it pointless to try to persuade people to vote for something else, and try to tear people down if they have beliefs that are different to yours.
It is perfectly healthy to debate subjects, whatever they may. It is what helps us see different sides of an argument and helps to broaden our minds, and sometimes, an idea put forward by someone else might have been one you have never thought about before, and your opinion could change.
This is perfectly fine. It’s okay to change your mind.
I believe that women should have the right to have an abortion, that gay couples should be allowed to marry and have the same adoption rights as herterosexual couples, that the voting age should be lowered to 16, that everybody should be able to speak freely and without the fear of judgement.
Others may disagree. And that is okay.
If someone asks you who you are voting for, don’t be afraid to answer. You don’t have to explain yourself, and you don’t have to engage in a debate if you don’t want to.
You can always ask them who they are voting for, and when they tell you, just say: “That’s lovely. I’m voting for [said party], but I respect your decision to vote for what you believe in. Good luck!”
That way, we can all just respect that we all have different opinions, and stop trying to educate each other on subjects, with subtle (or not so subtle) hints of sarcasm and nastiness.