I love finding people who keep their Issues and Causes very close to themselves; the people who start long, passionate conversations if you are fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to mention a word that triggers them. You said the word “corn” and all of the sudden you’re locked in an hour-long conversation about the evil machinations of the FDA and big agribusiness. I like finding these people because they make me feel a bit less alone. They remind me that maybe I’m not the only person who has to rein herself in (often unsuccessfully) during conversations.
I probably care too much about things that I don’t know that much about. I was realizing this today. I am too quick to express my quickly formed opinions.
And so I write this list to caution you. These are the things that could trigger a brutally long and vehement conversation with me. You have been warned.
- Any permutation on the topic of dogs. (Dog breeds, training, health, adoption, behavior, psychology, etc.)
- Why Ayn Rand isn’t worth a second of anyone’s time.
- Law school.
- Mega-churches fixated on growth.
- Reproductive rights.
- Why paper and ink books still matter.
- Christians judging other Christians for being on birth control.
- Sororities and fraternities.
- What I’ve been reading lately.
- Anti-women policies and practices of conservatives.
- Childhood obesity.
- Underpaid teachers.
Anyone else? Do you have “hot-button issues” that invariably embroil you in desperate, heated discussions–almost against your will? I hope I’m not the only one…