David Brothers: Shut up when grown folks are talking
If what you bring to that conversation is some variation on “Why are people talking about this?”, “Who cares?”, “This doesn’t matter,” or something along the lines of “Focus on the things you like!” or “Be more positive!”, listen and listen close:
Shut up when grown folks are talking.
You’re confusing civility and politeness for goodness and positivity. You’re confusing order for justice. You don’t want to hear about it, because you don’t care about it or don’t understand it, and that’s fine. Everyone has to sit through things they don’t care about. But if someone clearly cares about something, and wants to talk about it, you don’t get to silence them, especially not under the guise of some passive-aggressive Everybody Should Be Nice sportsmanship nonsense that’s only ever in play when someone says something you don’t like.