I feel compelled by some strong force, stronger than the monsoon winds that rip through Arizona, to agree with people. Even when I totally think that they are wrong. I want to be liked and I don't want to cause conflict. I do not confront others even when I am really upset about something. But at some point I need to stand up for myself and stop pretending that I agree with everyone. Instead of nodding my head while thinking of all the reasons the other person is way off base, I should maybe just mention that I don't totally agree. That won't hurt, will it?
At Rhayn's school there are many people who assume that because I take my child there that I agree one hundred percent with every darn thing they believe. I don't. I don't think that media will destroy my children. I do think that limiting their exposure to the television is a good idea, and there are other theories that I totally agree with that make me want to keep her there. I love the feeling of community and that I feel that she is totally safe. I keep my mouth shut. I am not going to start a fight.
In my family, I know that there are strong opinions. There are people who see their way as the only possible way. I know that by pretending to always (or almost always) agree with them, it keeps the peace. I disagree with the politics of most of my family. Does that make me a bad person?
Should I be disowned for not thinking Mitt Romney is the man who should be President? I am sorry. I don't feel that just because he is LDS that he should be in office. I actually don't like ANY of the candidates at this point. I am registered as an Independent. I am liberal, left leaning, and not a republican.
I don't think that they are totally wrong, mind you. I see good in all aspects. I want to listen to why you think that person would be a good president or sheriff. But I want the same respect. I want to know that my opinion is valued as much as someone else, even if it isn't agreed with. Because I think in some way, we are all correct.