I assiduously avoid posting political items on my Facebook Wall, seeing the forum as a means to connect/communicate with friends across the ideological spectrum. And I try (not always successfully) to avoid commenting on liberal friends’ political posts. All too few of them (alas) wish to engage my arguments. I’d rather focus on what we have in common.
Sunday evening, left-wing blogress Pam Spaulding reminded me yet again that you can share a passion with a political adversary when she posted on about a YouTube gem she found. When she found the 1965 CBS production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (featuring Lesley Ann Warren in the title role), she recalled watching it “as a child almost every year it aired (when did they stop airing it?).” I know I’ve seen that one, but do have a preference for the Julie Andrews version (okay it’s black and white, but, it’s Julie).
It was a nice reminder how certain stories we heard or movies and TV shows we watched as children retain a certain sweetness when we encounter them again as an adult. It’s not just the story they recall, but the impression it made upon us.
This past weekend, a liberal blogress reminded me of that simple truth. Bear that in mind when you prepare to respond to a critic of one of our posts. Or, if you disagree with our posts, bear that in mind as you prepare to express your disagreement.
These folks aren’t just their politics.