I even think political activism is good ... although probably harder to discuss calmly.
It's hard to change minds and influence people if you come across as an asshole.
I respect my neighbors as I want them to respect me. I've learned to back off when I'm becoming too heated or aggressive, and really, just about everybody wants the same thing. What we differ on is how to go about it. People get lost in "my way is right" too often, and forget to think critically. Myself included, sometimes. :P
Thank you all for the welcomes.