To be perfectly honest I’m having trouble finding the accurate words to tackle this rightfully. I have always thought that politics is one big circus, an incessant histrionic reality show that plays out in front of the eyes of the public, who in turn are too intrigued by it to even question its legitimacy. Instead of switching it off we get stuck in front of all the scandalous conflicts, we casually choose sides and sometimes, if we care enough, cheer on or boo from our comfortable couches- as if these were our only real options. Well, I beg to differ.
What I realize today is that my diminishing the current role of the political system is not truly helpful in obtaining any kind of change in society. Because no matter how much I refuse to acknowledge it and how much I dislike it, politics will continue to rule the world for quite some time. And even if it seems like a destructive merry-go-round to me, it is still one of the biggest institutions that the people of our culture invest their lives and faith in. Yes, I see that. What I wish is to present an option to all of that, or at least the possibility of there being an option to all of that. Simply and humbly, I wish to reveal the opportunity of opening our eyes to alternative ways of living our lives in some sort of harmony with each other.
Like I have said, my intention is not to demonize those who take action by being part of the powerful game of government, because that would in fact simply be joining them in what they do best. I am not looking to oppose anyone because politicians do that regularly very well themselves. They dispute one another sufficiently and therefore I choose not to dispute them. If their game revolves around conflict then I shall do my best to take a conscious step outside their playing field. If they say, “this is the way we are supposed to lead our lives,” I will not say no. What I will do, thought, is to ask: “How can you be so sure?”. I will question them with no presumption other than the fact that a contesting statement could be equally true.
So what is really the difference between my proposition and the ones that color the legislative debate today? I would say it has to do with a distinct difference in worldviews. While any one truly involved in politics is inevitably operating according to a prevailing assumption of how the world came to be the way it is and therefore how it shall be governed, I on the other hand am open to reject or at least investigate such an objectively coherent prevailing assumption. Instead of chasing an axiomatic truth about how to live- like we have done relatively unsuccessfully for centuries now, why don’t we simply start searching for what works well for us?
I think we have such little faith in mankind that we feel the need to guide every living human and all future generations to live in precise accordance to our invented ideologies or else! Better to shut off peoples intuitions before they risk to stray from what is decided to be correct, right? By reasoning this way we are bound to end up in an argument because just as much as we are sure of the truth in our own ideologies, the next one could be just as convinced about the truth of his ideology. Doesn’t this sound familiar? Isn’t this exactly the necessary ingredients for… war?
Maybe, just maybe, we need to shake up our worldview a little. Where has this conviction of being right taken us so far? Has it allowed us to learn from others or has it put us in conflict with them? Has it produced a sense of untidiness or more of an “us-and-them” mindset? Where is our common ground in this sea of differences? The Game of Politics my friends, is it really the only game there is to play…?