Disclaimer: I will am not going to bash one candidate or the other. If that’s what you are looking for, you won’t find it here.
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One of my newest coworkers and I disagree on who should become the next President of our country (the USA for those who may be from other places). It is just as simple as that; we just have different opinions. That is okay. What is not okay is the fact that he has been unrelenting and outspoken about his opinion. Most of the time, when there is a discussion started about politics of any sort in the office, he ends up raising his voice, and it tends to get ugly. We’ll call him Dan for this article.
The other day, for the first time, a customer came into our office and began talking about the Presidental Race to Dan. I, like all of my other coworkers besides Dan, stayed silent. We were not interested in having a heated political debate with one of our customers in the middle of the place where we make our livings. Call me crazy, but I just don’t think that discussing politics in the office is appropriate. There is a time and a place for it, but your office is not one of them.
This particular woman was in agreement with Dan on his political views and started spouting all sorts of facts and statistics, saying that her choice was the only choice. There was a monologue happening in the middle of our office. Her choice was right because she was able to see past all of this candidate’s flaws and look at the “bigger picture.” She said that although this candidate did terrible things, all of them were legal. They simply used the legal system put in place to their advantage. Dan agreed with every word she said, begging her to continue her fanatical rant.
Finally, one of my other coworkers chimed in. She had had enough of this woman. She questioned this customer’s choice, and tore a hole through everything she had been saying. What happened after that was surprising to me. Instead of conceding and allowing my other coworker’s opinion, this customer chose to try and sway the entire office to believing what she did. Instead of allowing my coworker to speak, the customer talked over her and said that she didn’t understand. There was such a lack of respect and tolerance; I was blown away. Isn’t America supposed to be this great Melting Pot of, not only all different types of people, but also of all different types of viewpoints and opinions?
Finally I added to the conversation, and it got ugly; I won’t lie about that. I was practically moved to tears with frustration and anger. We did understand, we just didn’t see it the way that she did. Their way wasn’t the only way, it is only one of the ways. How could she not understand?