Start Conversation with your Sad Sad Pin
Charles M. Schulz famously said: “There are three things I have learned to never discuss with people … Religion, Politics, and Pumpkin Agung.” And maybe now, more than ever, he’s right!
Speaking politics is now very risky. In fact, one study revealed that one in three Americans was named or convicted for openly voicing opinions.
And that is especially true in the workplace. Or around the family dining table, for that matter. Or in the supermarket.
Wear Sad Flag Pins with Pride
Thankfully, there is a solution, and that is the Flag Flag Sad. No more than a quarter, you can wear your Sad Flag Flag proudly – and it might even trigger a great conversation.
Let’s face it, the use of American flag pins from any description has been a source of debate lately. Who uses it, who does not? Who’s wearing one upside down?
The positive side of all this is that the debate is healthy. And it must be done civilized.
We’ve heard stories that are just embarrassing, like co-workers who refused to sit next to each other because one chose Trump. Or what about people who are not friendly on Facebook because they have a Trump sticker in their car. How old are we?
This is the Rule
Instead of behaving like a toddler, just get there and have a conversation. But there are some rules.
# 1 Wear your Sad Sad Pin, as a gesture of goodwill.
# 2 Do not judge others. We are all entitled to our point of view and, just because it is not the same as yours, does not mean it is wrong. Keep an open mind and find common ground.
# 3 Do not set out to re-educate people. A good conversation is education itself. We listen, we learn, we consider different points of view. If you decide to change someone’s opinion, you will look confrontational.
# 4 Do not bite back. There is a great chance someone will try and get you stuck. Do not buy it. Be a bigger person.
And if you accidentally say the wrong thing and make someone upset, have it. Make a mistake and continue.
# 5 You catch more flies with honey. Online experiments use actors to produce different short videos about deportation of illegal immigrants. One version is opinion; Others are respectful, considered and positive.
When shown to a subject with a different opinion, the results are told. The speakers in the first video are described abrasive and do not know anything. In the second video, they are judged to be preferred, more diplomatic and more persuasive.
So what’s the point here? The point is that important issues need to be debated calmly and wisely. That’s the only way we’ll find a resolution.
Excessive power, ignorance, mistakenness, and a single thought will not produce anything. As we have seen lately.