As sensitive and controversial as Philippine politics and religion can be, I dislike discussing them.
Earlier this year, we had the biggest political season as we engaged in the Philippine presidential elections. On the other hand, several viral videos, particularly on TikTok, where the comment section were like a war of religious beliefs. There are several reasons why I dislike discussing politics and religion, and I will share them with you in this personal essay.
Politics and religion, in my opinion, are sensitive subjects that easily cause disagreement and conflict. These topics are especially volatile in the Philippines, where people are often deeply attached to their identity and hold strong, deeply held beliefs. I tend to avoid discussing politics and religion as an introvert who values harmony, peace of mind and wants to avoid confrontations.
The other reason I dislike discussing these topics is that they are emotionally charged and divisive. Politics, for instance, has the potential to provoke strong feelings of anger, frustration, and resentment. As different groups and individuals have competing interests and agendas, politics in the Philippines often leads to conflict and controversy. Similarly, religion is a deeply personal and emotional subject for many people, and discussions about faith are often contentious and heated.
Thirdly, I find politics and religion difficult to fully comprehend, and that is why I dislike talking about them. The fields of politics and religion are both vast and multifaceted and are influenced by a variety of factors, including history, culture, and individual beliefs. For someone like me who is unfamiliar with these topics, trying to grasp the nuances and complexities can be overwhelming and confusing.
Additionally, I find that discussions about politics and religion often lack substance and depth. People tend to spout their opinions and beliefs without really considering the other side or engaging in meaningful dialogue. The result can be frustrating and ineffective, as it prevents a genuine exchange of viewpoints and ideas.
Last but not least, I detest discussing politics and religion because I think they are often used to divide people and manipulate them. Politics and religion are often used in the Philippines to gain power and influence, while they serve as justifications for certain behaviors and beliefs. Instead of fostering understanding and unity, I find these topics are used to manipulate and control others.
Talking about Philippine politics and religion can be sensitive and can easily lead to conflict and disagreement. They are also emotionally charged, complex, and often divisive, and I prefer to focus on more positive and productive ways to engage with others. However, I recognize that there are times when it is necessary to talk about these subjects, such as when they directly affect my life or the lives of those around me. In these cases, I try to approach these discussions with an open mind and a willingness to listen to different perspectives.
Overall, I believe that it is important to be mindful and respectful when discussing sensitive topics like politics and religion, and to strive for understanding and harmony rather than conflict.