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Politically Opposed: How Can We Live Together?

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Len:
(Note -- This discussion was initiated after replying to a list of American Founding Fathers' Quotes found here: http://culdiantrust.org/culdianforums/index.php?topic=220.0 )


--- Quote from: Manu ---It's hard to set aside politics and become brothers and sisters when politics are so diametrically opposed nowadays. I really see no hope for consensus with the dramatic conflict of beliefs that we see today. Best in any case would be for people to try to relocate among others who share their views to the largest extent.
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Len:
I was discussing more in terms of online relationships on the forums, which can extend to face to face relationships among those of us whose prime interests relate to self-mastery, spirituality, truth, etc. Among these folks, political differences need not divide at all. On the contrary, I personally have spent extended periods of time with communists and anarchists (of which I am neither) in close quarters (in the woods and jungle) without political differences impinging upon our relationships in the slightest.

Perhaps it was the devotion to Truth above all else, which allowed for civility and comradery even following heated political debates. Perhaps it was that politics played a second to spirituality, and that the similar working towards personal advancement tied a stronger kinship than how a far off government (or lack of one) should be formed. In either case, political differences have rarely gotten in the way of my connections or friendships with those of similar spiritual goals.

Len:

--- Quote from: Manu ---I have been able to remain friends of people of very different ideologies yet we certainly don't strive for the same kind of world. It's mostly due to civility I think that these kinds of relationships can subsist such ideological antagonism.
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Len:
There you go… civility is an essential to living together, regardless of ideology. Uncivil people of the same ideology have a hard time living together…

Len:

--- Quote from: Manu ---Yeah but civility has a limit, when people start pushing their own views too hard onto the rest then at some point people will snap, as civil as they may be.
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