November 3 is approaching and with that comes a division in people’s political ideas. One of the beautiful things about this country is that you are entitled to your opinion. Whether or not people agree or disagree with your opinion is their business, but your opinion is your voice and no one has the right to tell you otherwise.
A form of tyranny is when somebody tells you that you are wrong because you think one way when you should be thinking another way. With that in mind, if you are a conservative or liberal student at CSUSB and you are worried about your political opinion damaging friendships, don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid to lose friendships over your opinion and your voice. Don’t be afraid to sit down and have a discussion with your friends who think differently than you do. I know it can be a very hard thing to talk about what you heavily disagree with, especially if you are good friends with that person, or if you have developed good rapport with them.
Keep in mind, however, that the more you ignore the issue, the more it can bother you. Sometimes it’s best to just hear what the other person has to say and agree to disagree. If you believe that a woman has the right to an abortion or that Americans are allowed to have an AR-15 in their homes, have a discussion with that friend and let them know why you feel this way. For example, at CSUSB, there are a variety of classes within the sociology field where discussions of abortion, immigration, and gun rights are imminent. There will be people who are on both sides of those issues. Some people will be pro-choice while others will be pro-life. Some are pro-Second Amendment while others aren’t. Some are pro-wall while some are for open boarders. At the end of the day, that should not matter to you why the other person thinks that way. After all, we aren’t living in an absolute monarchy where we are forced to say nice say things about ideas we do not agree with.
There are going to be disagreements and maybe even arguments among students and professors in these courses. There may very well be people that get offended in these spaces, but that’s okay. We are all entitled to have our opinions and feelings on certain issues. However, when you are having a debate on these issues, keep it civil; just because you are losing an argument or not agreeing with the other side does not make the other side evil or racist or fascist. It’s called the First Amendment. The other party is entitled to voice their opinion, even if you believe they are wrong.
At the end of the day, we are all Americans. We should encourage debate. Who knows, you may end up convincing them that you’re right. If you sit down and have that conversation with that person, you both are doing something that the world does not do as much as it used to. You both are sitting down and listening to the other’s side.
That’s one of the problems with the world today. Nobody wants to listen to the other side because they feel that their side is right and that everyone else is wrong. Don’t be like that. We are all entitled to our own opinions but not someone else’s. Keep this in mind the next time you see this person and ask to sit down and have a conversation. You will be surprised with the outcome, believe me.
Note: The staff writer is writing under a pseudonym to remain anonymous