Well, I guess I can’t ignore it forever… politics. Not that I’ve ever been ignoring it! But I’ve been keeping a check on my tongue for the past few months. Not because I don’t care about all that has been happening but because I care so much that I’m a little afraid of what might come out if I let the tongue (or fingers!) loose.
You know what I mean…. that mean-spirited aunt that makes your teeth grind every time she comes to visit? If you ever once start to tell her what you think of her… well, family holidays will never be the same again! Or the arrogant boss who, honestly, is rarely right? If you ever once start to say what you think of him… unemployment line, here you come!
It’s like that in the political arena, too! No one can just say, “You know, I don’t like what you are (saying/doing/believing/supporting/etc.)!” Instead we roll out the vindictive, miserable stuff we’ve been bottling up for years. Like Jean Luc Picard’s quote from Moby Dick: And he piled upon the whale’s white hump, the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117731/quotes)
That’s what we are doing politically and socially, isn’t it? Hurling the rage and hate of our human race on each other. And I’m not a bit different so I’m keeping my rage and hate clamped down to keep my hurling at a minimum. My close family and friends hear a bit of it – and my list of Facebook friends is getting smaller and smaller.
But, mostly, it is what is driving my thinking these days. I know what I don’t want to say or do or be: I don’t want to be hateful and shallow – or indifferent and blind – or ignorant and unthinking! So how do I respond to the wrongs of the world in a way that isn’t just shooting a cannon at some hapless whale? How do I adjust my life so that I’m part of a solution instead of part of the problem? How do I reexamine the basic beliefs of my life in ways that will make them more effective? more honorable? more caring and empowering?
They are good questions to be asking and I believe it will be rewarding thinking, at some point in time, so I recommend them for your pondering, as well. Preferably before November.