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Ahmad Khasan asked 2 months ago

🎥 What Would You Do if Your Closest One Became Too Politically Active?

By politically active, I mean involve too much in a political ideal or specific political movements. I have many friends and acquaintances whose drastically changed their life for a political cause or struggle.

For example, during my early college years, I have a friend who involved in an Islamic organization whose aim is to promote caliphate in Indonesia. As she involved further in the organization, she started to abandon her education until she dropped out of campus. I also have a married friend who involved in a similar organization, and as they go further, their family life is in turmoil.

What would you do if this happens to you? For example, when your wife/husband, son/daughter became politically active in political organizations or ideals?

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Jackson Mugarura answered 2 months ago

I’d just keep our friendship but not interfere with his or her political ambitions. This I will do it as a sign of respect for for his/ her personal decision. It’s not good to interfere with another person’s beliefs, decision’s and ambitions.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 2 months ago

Jackson — What if that happens to your wife and children? By closest one I mean those closest to you, your family. 
 
Of course, it is not good to interfere with other people ambitions or decisions. But, I think the case is different if it is about our closest one.

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Edward Duffy answered 2 months ago

That is an extremely interesting question. I am not really sure what I would do but depending on the situation I would have to judge it from there.

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 2 months ago

I would encourage him or her about his decision to join politics, because if it’s your son , daughter or wife,his or her success is a family success.However,you should show him advantages and disadvantages of joining politics.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 2 months ago

It will be very difficult to have something from me, as i don’t know anything in politics. However it try to give him another positive thoughts and advice that can help him to go forward.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 2 months ago

Edward — Thank you, Edward. Joining a politic for a non-politically-active family will be a disaster. The family situation will drastically change, and even our closest one who joins politic will prefer his/her ideal more than his/her family. I think you are right when how we react depends largely on the situation when it actually happens.
 
Eli — That is a wise thing to do. Especially if we have some background, knowledge, and knowledge about politics.
 
Leno — Yes, it will be hard if we don’t have a background in politic.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 2 months ago

Ahmed, I think by the time a person takes that decision, be it a family member or close relative, they have already made up their minds. They are like a lion that is hunting. I don’t have to interfere with with their decision.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 2 months ago

Jackson — It is different things when they know what they do. In that case, your support to them will be very crucial. As a parent or partner, we should know when to interfere and when to support.

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Gareth White answered 1 month ago

I would try to maintain the relationship with them and keep an eye on them to try and keep them out of trouble if required.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 1 month ago

I will tell him to behave well as possible as he can, to maintain good attitude towards people and try to deny anything political behavior that can stop him going forward.

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David Matlala answered 1 month ago

If it’s a close loved one like my wife or son/daughter, then I’ll tell them how I feel about their decision (depending on the risks involved) and give support if I think it would add value to their lives. If I have doubts, I’ll try to discourage them but if they insist on pursuing that line I’ll just leave it at that, hoping to be proven wrong ultimately.

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