I think it's odd and wrong that "they" (whoever they are) caution against talking about religion and politics. I can understand not being allowed to ask someone when she last had sex or what size underwear she wears, or even how she feels about her son's learning disability or if she ever regrets having married her husband. Privacy and personaly boundaries do make sense to me. But religion and politics touch the whole, all of us. They are communal, not individual matters. We're allowed to talk about the weather, which surely affects us in a daily way, but over which we have no short term influenc. We're allowed to talk about celebrities, sports, movies, fashion, games, all sorts of diversions and entertainments. We're allowed to talk about ideas and theories in the abstract, at least, to build handles with which to grab at life's challenges and maybe budge some of them. We are allowed, to some extent to talk about individual relationships and family relationships. Often we allow ourselves to gossip and complain. But when it gets concrete and large scale, down to talking about religion ) our relationship to any divine foce that may or may not exist) or politics (finding ways to get along locazlly, nationally, internationally in ways that work), there is that injunction. Don't talk about religion or politics.
It really bothers me. We have more control over religious and political decisions than we do over the weather, and they affect us at least as much. Surely they are more important than any form of entertainment.Talking about ideas in the abstract and focusiing on personal relationships is good, vital, helpful, but I need a bigger context, an openness about talking about the whole deal, human to divine to human to human to earth to animal to earth to the divine - all around in the big circle of birth and death., I can learn from people who disagree with me as well as from people who agreee. There are so many obvious problems in the physical and interpersonal world, We need all our minds, hearts, spirits, bodies focused on solutions. We need to be able to talk to each other respectfully and openly on all topics