This came up in conversation between some friends and I the other day, and I’m curious how other folks think. Let’s say a friend says “Oh, you have to meet my buddy Joe, you guys have a ton in common, and I think we’d have a good time.” then mentions that Joe has a lifestyle or belief that, though not illegal or unethical, you just personally have issues with. Like, let’s say Joe is an anti-vaxxer and you think that’s a really stupid belief, or Joe and his wife have an open marriage, and you are very uncomfortable about the idea of sleeping around on a spouse, even if it’s all in the open and both parties are OK with it. Assume other than the certain lifestyle/belief, the person is by all accounts a lovely person and you have much in common with them.
My friends and I were more or less evenly divided on this one, with some saying “I just have no desire to hang with someone who has beliefs that I find so uncomfortable” and “As long as they don’t dominate the conversation with it or try to change my mind, I have no issues hanging out and potentially becoming friends with them.”
What say you?