Agree to Disagree

Agree to Disagree

Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work?

Both of my friends in real life think football is the most tedious game known to man, but I’m not sure that counts as a major issue, though it’s major to me. How do we get around it, with the first, the answer is simple, the light of Löw. They may think football is boring and for brain dead idiots (they didn’t say that, but they didn’t have to) and they may be unable to fathom my interest in the game or indeed in sports at all, but they can and do appreciate the perfection that is Joachim Löw. Talking about the game in any way is off limits, however talking about Jogi’s newly observed oddities or discussing his latest attire is always a popular topic of conversation.

With the second person it’s much more complicated, I can’t share my appreciation of Jogi with them. Not when they feel so threatened by his existence. I just try not to talk about football too much, which I know is impossible, but I can at least try.

Like I said, I don’t think people would consider that to be a major issue, but it’s major for me. I could write about the rift between us on the subject of religion and how me being interested in Judaism and them being an anti-Zionist naturally led to some very awkward conversations, but I could write an essay about that and still not be done with it. Some things are better left alone.

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