“People are only exposed to what they already agree with…” -Sen. (R-AZ) Jeff Flake (Interesting info on opposition politics)
Politics has a way of igniting passion in the human spirit. While many will rightly cast aside such discussion as problematic, perilous and prohibitively precarious, personal devotion to an idea or belief is not so easily discarded in the name of social grace. Individuals will still hold onto that which they deem right, albeit in deferential silence should present company warrant such a response.
Political conversations hit nerves, expose prejudice and ignorance, but they exist in order to create ideology, based upon the personal belief systems formed concerning the social and cultural. Many folks will find that they are surrounded by the like-minded, which will only serve to reinforce, not examine or expose, preconceived ideas. It is the hesitancy to offend in conversation, coupled with the complacency that comes with ideological comfort, that must be uprooted in order for an opinion to blossom into an informed ideology.
I have come to love, fear and respect the political world for the import that it’s dominating force has had on civilization. This field, encompassing all others, requires that humanity, for its own survival, bring forth the wisest, most enlightened approach to life, and then impose directives by which to live onto the greater society at large.
Politics really is everything worth anything. We only serve to dis-serve ourselves when we create socially safe zones where the mundanity of weather and traffic serve to prevent any conversational discomfort. And in turn, a blind populace is easily manipulated.
Words and events are taken, transconfabrimated, and then delivered back to the public with fluctuating acceptance. We live in a time when all communication can be recorded and accessed in myriad ways and yet the American populace still falls prey to the same sort of lackadaisical verification that’s evidenced in an elementary game of telephone. Critical examination, an attribute of a vigilant electorate, is left undone.
As we continue on into the heart of political playoffs, I keep these reflective steps close to maintain nirvana politics:
– Take back the task of thought and place it upon myself. When I hear what does not make sense, question the fact, the source and the nature of the claim.
– Recognize unsupported rhetoric in comprehendible language and thought processes, always strive to support belief with the evidence of reality.
– In politics, judgement is entirely appropriate, dare I say, essential. Legislation and regulation that govern life will be imposed with the authority of at least one of the candidates running for any office. Judge, judge and judge again… and base those judgements on fact.
– Restrain the certainty of principles and incorporate new information, current events while acknowledge blinding, personal bias. Know the reason for personal beliefs and know exactly why the opposing views run contrary.
– Read beyond the touted headline that can shield the truth from the exposure of reality. Figure out what’s real and how things work.
We live in a divided nation. Left and right, red and blue. It would be dishonest for me to state that I only seek to promote involvement in politics, regardless of the chosen side. However, the first steps in developing an ideology, and finding a candidate worth supporting, involve disseminating all of the information designed to compel the inattentive into a state of disgruntled indifference, characterized by like-minded ignoramuses existing in a fluctuating state of aggression and passivity.
“But in the end I couldn’t. For a simple reason, the same reason I left psychiatry for journalism. While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics.
Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything – high and low and, most especially, high – lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933… Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay, and everything burns.”
– Charles Krauthammer