Religion is still a taboo subject to converse with others Unless you know the person's religious standing, you can tread lightly on that conversation. Remember you have been warned about the ideas of religion has been a topic to avoid for decades. The temperature of the subject matter has not cooled enough to embark on that area without some caution. Some people don't want to talk about their own religious beliefs because they find it a private matter. Others willingly say they don't know much about God or the Heavens and Hell to talk intelligently about that subject. Still others do not want to show you how little they know so won't talk about their beliefs or anything religiously related.
Ancestry is a hot topic with several people. Hispanics are sensitive in respect to their heritage for historic reasons. Americans were the robbers of their land making Mexico smaller. Studies show other facts but don't try to introduce your facts to Mexicans who think otherwise. Blacks have a long history of conflict. Having a half white and half black president for eight years did not strengthen the black ancestry at all. In fact it is considered to have put the black communities at more risk and done blacks more harm than ever imagined. Don't begin a conversation with blacks unless you are prepared to hear about that decline because of the former American president since 2008.
Some people really don't want to hear all the ooh and Ahhs about your children and grandchildren. Some people are not able to be parents. With the LBGTQ communities being so staunch about their stand, those couples will never have children of that union. Having a conversation about children is a fluctuating topic and one to avoid once you find the temperament of the individual a little touchy when children are mentioned. Comparing your child to others is like touching another person with a hot poker. If you like bragging, do it with people in your immediate family so the topic is appreciated.
Gay, lesbian and transgender lifestyle is best left to the community organizations to talk among themselves. If you are gay or lesbian it will not necessarily allow you passage to have a good discussion with another party that has those same leanings. Caution is now mentioned so you will know that is a hot topic. Some gay and lesbian couples are not out in the open and as shown on the Sally Jessie Raphael Show, that exposure can be fatal if not handled properly. The best is to listen and not talk during anyone opening the gay or lesbian topic. That subject is sill a questionable one to discuss openly.
If you talk to anyone and ask how they are, remember you could easily hear a barrage of statements about their health that you will be sorry you asked. Health is a hot topic for many because they don't know their own body and rely solely on the health care providers to tell them everything. Some people are against supplements because their doctor tells them they don't do much or worse that they don't do anything for anyone. The doctors jobs are centered around surgery and pills. When you talk to someone about how you handle your life without a lot of both of those, they can and sometimes get annoyed to the point of anger.
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