Two Forbidden Topics

When I started Brainshowers, I said that I would not write about politics or religion. Both topics are so entwined in the news, it is tough to ignore either. So, I thought I’d try writing about both without saying anything which might trigger disagreement or, God forbid, (whoops) violence. cropped-writer-at-desk.jpgI’ve learned or at least been told, by teachers and journalists, that if you want to be a good writer, you must just sit down at the keyboard and write. Don’t fear sounding stupid, or making mistakes. . . just write. Get it down where you can look at what you’ve written. Then, go through and make changes and corrections – but write, write, write. Right? Realizing how politics and religion seem to be involved in so much conflict, I’ve decided to write about both of them, in the same story, while not really writing about them. Ready, set, type. First, let’s consider what the two topics have in common. Politics & Religion SignBoth religion and politics were often inherited from parents. Not so much today as in past decades. When I was a kid, people in my small town didn’t talk about their political stance much. My mother, as an example, would never disclose whether she was a Democrat or Republican. It was like a super secret. Others in town were the same way. I don’t know why. Kids, the few who cared about such things, were a bit more vocal. I remember when I was still in grade school, talking with schoolmates about how we didn’t like it that President Truman had brought Gen. MacArthur home. But, I don’t think we were talking politics, it was that we felt sorry for one of our “heroes.” At that time, there were no Star Wars action figures, and shoot ’em up video games, so our heroes were the real thing. Other heroes at the time were mostly baseball stars like Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Ernie Banks; Hopalong Cassidyand movie cowboys like The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, and Hopalong Cassidy. Now, I’m way off track. I’m supposed to be writing, yet not writing, about politics and religion. I’m right at the 400 words to which I like to limit my stories, so I’ll say this one thing about politics: I think every eligible voter should vote – every time. And, about religion: People should believe in whatever they choose, and not bother those who think differently. There, that should do it.

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