As always, another great article by Steve Strauss!
I myself have been in the conundrum of whether I should support a small business that has vastly opposing views compared to my own.
Most recently, it was a small business that I've frequented for the last 12 years.
Questions I began asking myself:
"How can I support a business that supports ideals that are not in alignment with my own?"
"They've never done me wrong in the past, but will them knowing my views cause them to sabotage me?"
I actually found myself questioning their character as a whole.
Ultimately, I have decided to keep doing business with them. Just because I've only recently discovered their views, doesn't mean that these views are new to them. It just means that without the social media platform, I would never have known any different and therefore I would never have even thought to question anything.
Has anyone else here experienced a similar situation? How did you handle it?
Thanks for your input, Beth. This is, I think, exactly the type of situation that article was written about and for. It's true. We can definitely be influenced by people who hold different points of view from our own, particularly if those opinions are strongly expressed and/or radically different. When I found myself in a similar situation recently, I made it a point to remember that - just like you said - until it came up I'd had no idea we held such extremely different ideals. On most issues at their root, we seem to agree. Our conversations have always been civil. Our mutual support had never been in question. The surprise I felt when the opposing political views were revealed rested solely on me. It was up to me to decide how I would react. I opted to keep my opinions to myself and continue on as though nothing had changed. After all, at the root of it, nothing had.
I have also been in situations where I was made aware almost immediately of a new acquaintance's political leanings. We are vastly different in the reasons we support the people we do. That said, we've become fairly good friends while we learn more about what makes each of us think and feel the way we do. It's reaffirmed for me that a little bit of tolerance and willingness to listen to each other's perspective will create better relationships (both business and personal) than intolerance and hostility ever will.
Thanks for participating in this discussion. I'd love to hear what others think.
Thank you for this. I read your article. It has different content.
I think it's safe to say that most of us avoid discussing politics, religion, and other touchy subjects with our co-workers or clients. But what if we want to express our feelings without alienating anyone, no matter which side of the aisle they occupy? Steve Strauss has some suggestions for us. Take a look, enjoy, and as always, feel free to share your thoughts with the community.