I recently spent some time at a cook out. The cook out was a wonderful event. At that cook out I indulged in all sorts of fine grilled specialties and exotic desert delicacies.
The food was overwhelming, but the true delight was the conversation. The conversation fluidly traveled through countries, foods, back yards, landscaping, kids, vacations, grasshoppers, architecture, and sports. It was a wonderful time. Conversation had been circling non-threatening topics very comfortably but was suddenly diverted to our national political climate.
I sat back to watch the entertainment as I knew a good portion of those attending were on opposite poles of the magnet when it came to current events or politics. I sat back awaiting the inevitable clash of magnetic poles and a conversation spinning like a 2-wheel-drive Chevy, with bald tires, hopelessly stuck in the bog of dissension. (more…)