“Every dogma has its day” Anthony Burgess
I have been thinking about the notion of “scale” of late. So many people seem to think way above their actual involvement in the events occurring, whether in the companies they work for, the cities they live in or the national political scene. They get all wrapped up in activities and decisions they have zero privy to and allow it to clutter their world and drive their emotions. People get all stressed out and march around carrying signs. The impact this has on reality is approaching zero.
You still have to pay your own bills, buy your own groceries and raise your own children. If you fail to do those things you become a tiny insignificant part of a problem, but the big parts of the problem are yours and yours alone. The guy who doesn’t mow his lawn three blocks away has more impact on your life than who is elected or who those elected surround themselves with. You want to make your life better? Go pick up the trash in your neighborhood, take a meal to an elderly shut in, feed a stray dog.
Perhaps the saddest aspect of the current atmosphere is seeing people become violent, then blaming their violence on others. News flash…if you are violent, that’s on you. People are ultimately responsible for their own actions and for those who want to point the fingers at rhetoric, they are simply proclaiming that those perpetrating the violence are too weak minded for self-control. If that is the case, one has to wonder why anyone would ally themselves with ideas embraced by the weak minded.
This is not to say that those who have power in your country have no effect on your life, they do. Mainly because of bad ideas pushed to directly help some company, industry, organization or movement close to them. We are collateral damage, mainly because there is this bad idea that has been floating around, that governments, need to be accomplishing something...anything. We think, as a society, that doing something, getting some law passed, is superior to doing nothing. People go to the seats of government thinking that if they do something they will get to stay. Getting to stay is the main goal. There is untold access to money and power for those who get there and that has little or nothing to do with you. It is media driven. Mass marketing. There are no “truth in labeling” laws for politics.
Politics feeds on emotion. Emotion should never be confused with cognition. People should take great care to separate what they feel versus what they think. Humans are a species capable of rational and irrational thoughts and actions. The irrational is often mistaken for the rational because all this mass marketing pounds into us that the emotional things we believe, are based on reason and logic. Generally, that isn’t true. The vast majority of people of all political bents have emotional reactions at their core. For those who believe in their heart of hearts that the world will end or that the world is finally going to be great, I have bad news…it isn’t. The world you live in isn’t likely to change much based on the election, except for your temperament.
In this most recent national election in the United States, roughly half the country’s vote