Doesn't it usually descend into what Jan Struther's Mrs. Minerva called "tedious and unprofitable discussion. Tedious because neither side possesses any currency but cliches, and unprofitable because it was clear from the outset that neither side was going to budge an inch."
Mrs. Minerva would not be drawn in. Civilized conversation about a wide variety of subjects she would have enjoyed, even political ones, but how do you keep it civilized with respect on each side? You tell me and we'll both know.
He discovered--or confirmed--that she had humor and originality;
she saw reason in views which she did not share--a rare virtue this!
D.E. Stevenson's 1938 Smouldering Fire
Robert Louis Stevenson's cousin, D.E. Stevenson's books have long been my comfort books when worries crowd into my mind when I put my head on the pillow at night. I have about 28 of them, mostly in paperback. The title of the above book, Smouldering Fire, sounds as if it would be a "romance" book but it isn't, except in a very gentle fashion. Note the "u" in humour and smouldering that the Brits use but we Americans do not. I wonder why? I like that extra "u" and I like to sit down and have a reasonable discussion with people who have different views from mine. Mary Matalin and James Carville manage it...don't they?
But I will be so glad when this election is over. Will you?
Go Vote on Tuesday!