Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fathers And Son

Just recently got back from ours. For those of you not in the know, this is a campout where the men and boys of our church congregation join together for an overnight in the woods.

After getting my son to bed, I joined the group around the campfire for some lively conversation. For whatever strange reason, global warming came up (plenty of global warming deniers in this group), which led to a late night discussion from every topic from the fiscal stimulus, Barack Obama (is he a socialist?), health care, to unions. There were like five guys who took very conservative views on each of these topics, and I just kept saying, "No, that's not true", "No, that's not true" having trouble getting a word in. Until finally, with raised voice (sorry for all of you who were trying to sleep), interjected the dissenting, more liberal position.

Was this the right thing to do? Probably not, but sometimes I just can't help it.

1 comment:

Davey said...

I would have loved to have been there for that conversation, I've been having a conversation with a very well spoken conservative stayed with us for a couple of weeks, it has been very enlightening. We agreed on almost all the facts but still managed to be oppositional in the end. I did learn a lot about conservative rationale and theory which definitely will be helpful to me in the future. I thought that conservatives were all just anti-intellectual crazies but I guess there is a thoughtful rationale for much of the stuff I don't agree with. Which helps me to not agree in a much more forgiving and helpful way. Just a thought not really related to your post. It's probably not prudent to ask for too many details so I can't say whether it was a good idea or not, but probably not, ;)