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Did you ever wonder why the weather is such a popular topic of conversation, especially among people who don’t know each other too well? 

I’m not saying meteorological subject matter is exclusive between those who are mere acquaintances, but it certainly is often a go-to. Some phrases you may have heard or uttered yourself in such a scenario could be, “Sure has been raining a lot lately,” or if you were talking with someone back in July, “Some rain would be nice right about now.”

Usually the goal in conversation is to be relatable as possible, and there isn’t much that affects everyone to the same measure that weather does. Death and taxes are a couple of other certainties in life, but those don’t exactly make for delightful discussion. 

I’ve always heard that it is considered rude to discuss politics and religion with people you don’t know well. Now we live in the South, so church is bound to make its way into a conversation one way or another. But exactly who was it that let the gate down on discussing politics anywhere and everywhere? Mark Zuckerberg? The internet? You can’t discuss current events anymore without one participant wanting to blame one political party or the other for what’s happening. Believe it or not, what’s going on in the world today is not always tied to politics, but here we are with people on both sides insulting one another like it’s rivalry Saturday during the college football season.

As a lifelong sports fan, I sought to find a unique solution to this country’s finger-pointing problem. I pitched it to my wife just last week. Life is often about compromise, and what’s one way we compromise in sports? Bargaining. Major League Baseball just gave us an example a couple of months ago when owners and players were trying to get the 2020 season off the ground. The players got fully pro-rated salaries and this season will count towards their service time. The owners got what they wanted in a short, 60-game season with an expanded postseason. A shorter regular season equals less dollars lost due to there being no fans inside stadiums, and a bigger playoffs means more money through TV contracts. 

But back to me fixing the country. I would like to see the two sides execute a trade. I’m not talking one politician for another as I don’t think that would go over so well. No, my plan aims to tackle the problem of every single little thing that happens being politicized. Since neither party seems to want to come to the middle on any one particular issue, let’s agree to give in on separate issues. Basically, one side agrees to ramp down its stance on one issue in exchange for the other side doing the same on another. Strange? Yes, but necessity is the mother of invention.

Upon hearing this game-changing plan, my wife just laughed, which is simply her polite way of saying, “You’re an idiot.” Looks like Mother Necessity will have to birth a new invention to fix the country’s problems and division. 

I’ll leave you with this: next time you want to bring up Georgia Bulldogs football with someone you don’t know well or just met, remember that they might be a Tech fan. God bless ‘em.

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