Taking a hint

One of the themes I describe in Arguing with Friends is the concept that our conversations should proceed only to the extent that our friend is willing and interested in continuing dialogue. If our friend really isn’t interested in talking about what interests us (be it religion, politics, or even our hobbies) then we should allow them the freedom to change the subject. Of course, there are boundaries even on this, as I describe in the book, but as a general rule if their verbal or non-verbal says “back off” then you should probably back off.

Today we enjoy a little amusement to illustrate the inability to take a hint and the consequences we would like to avoid. DON’T be this kind of evangelist…

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