Disclaimer: I’d do my very best to avoid being stuck in either situations. Why, politics is the last reason I’d have to agree to dine with anyone just to hear him rant on why the opposition party is the worst thing that happened to my country without offering any laudable alternatives. And if I detest a music group, what business do I have being at their concert?
For me to consider a party as an opposition, it must be either I don’t agree with their ideologies or the experience of them being in power some time back was so terrible that I wouldn’t wish them to ever return as long as I live. So to be stuck with a headstrong politician from that party for hours sounds like mental torture to me. Imagining myself at such a setting, it definitely wouldn’t end well considering how provocative and condescending their words can be. I might be tempted to either splash my drink or throw my food at him or surprise myself by saying something unsavory to him. I am not the aggressive type but just listening to them on TV and on radio makes my blood boil so having a rep sitting across me or next to is too close for comfort. I can’t promise to control myself.
On the flip side, I love music and though not all artistes and groups would fall into my favorite list but it so happens that I might like one or a couple of my least favorite musician’s songs. Although I’d find it a complete waste of my time attending a concert of a group I’m no fan of, it is possible that I might find one or two of their performances worth nodding my head to. For me to ‘despise’ a music group, it must be because they are way too loud for my ears, are profane with their lyrics, have offensive videos or just produce senseless music, period.
If it were to be a least favorite group, I might choose that over dinner with a politician anytime any day but to listen to a group I categorically detest, I’m tempted to consider the dinner because at least I can choose to tune out the voice and just enjoy the meal. And I’m sure I wouldn’t be the one paying! To make it worth my while, maybe I could engage him in an intellectual discourse (though I doubt the interaction would tickle my intellectual nerves but I can try, right?). He could clear my mind on certain issues and he might listen to my concerns and consider them in their policy plans if they get into power (I have my doubts about that as well).
So, which uncomfortable scenario would you consider as less terrible and why? Would love to read your thoughts.
© Josephine Amoako 2016