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In the past few years, I have recognized that I cannot talk openly about politics or religion with people who I want to become friends with. I think this has become the most pervasively evil aspect of identity politics and woke ideology.
Politics and religion used to be taboo topics for polite conversation but now your opinions on these two areas of thought determine if you are even worthy of being in the conversation. I am 72 years old, and a large majority of the people I socialize with are people I want to become new friends with. We play linguistic games to try to guess the political persuasions we might share but this is fraught with misconception. I have plenty of old friends but they are scattered much too far apart. The topics of conversation available for developing new friendships with the people I meet has become vanishingly small.
This has made growing old sadder and much more difficult.