Friday, March 28, 2003

FRIENDS AND WAR: I have a group of friends that mean a lot to me, but most, if not all, are more liberal politically and religiously than I am. This hadn't bothered me before; when we discussed politics or religion, I said my piece and moved on to the next subject. They tolerated me, I tolerated them. But during the build up to this war, and now that it has begun, I've found it increasingly difficult to keep my cool when discussing the subject and refraining from saying pretty nasty things to my best friends. It's not that they don't tolerate me; they do. I'm the one who has trouble being tolerant, and I'm not sure why. So, until I figure out the answer, I keep reminding myself that this isn't worth losing my friends over, not because the war doesn't matter, but because our disagreement about it is irrelevant to its outcome.

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