...or the idea of it. Frankly, I just don't get it. Over the past couple years especially, writing pieces on finding "common ground" with your rightwing brethren has become something of a cottage industry. And, of course, around the "holiday season," there's an abundance of articles on getting along with your proverbial asshole uncle at the dinner table. But how exactly does this--or is this supposed to--work? In certain respects, I've led a fairly sheltered life, in that, owing to my occupation(s) and lifestyle, I've mostly only ever really had to deal with people with whom I have only the mildest of political differences. Musicians, artists, artisans, academics, and organic farmers overwhelmingly tend to be some brand of communist, socialist, or anarchist. There are Republican musicians and the like, but they tend to make shitty music (and the like); consequently, I don't really know any of them. (And seriously, does anyone dispute this? Name a good rightwing comedian, artist, musician.) It's kind of a good thing that I don't have to deal with/tolerate rightwing sorts because of my explosive epileptic temperament--I can be extremely unpleasant at times, to put it mildly. For example, my ex-girlfriend, whom I've known for twenty years, has somehow managed to keep me from ever having had to interact with her brother, who is kinda conservative (he voted for Gary Johnson); yet, I know the rest of her family quite well and have stayed with them on countless occasions--I've only even met the guy just once, in passing. That's a fairly impressive feat, I think, and most people who know me well have gone to similar lengths to keep me from having to interact with conservative associates. Yet most people, so far as I know, are capable of maintaining somewhat cordial relations with persons who hold abominable viewpoints. Sometimes it's of necessity, but I've also known of people who are actually married to such persons. I just don't get it. How do people get along with those who have no regard for, say, non-whites, women, immigrants, and, especially, the planet and all it's species (upon whom they're knowingly and willingly inflicting multiple genocides)? I mean, just at a social level? What quality or attribute am I lacking (tolerance? empathy? patience? I really don't know.)?