Governance and security should just be a solved problem, like running water, or supermarkets, something you can take for granted.
This year, the weather here decided it was satisfied with summer and bit-flipped to fall. This fact should be far more relevant to my life, my experiences, and my future decisions than the beliefs of some asshole in a fancy building.
When I was a kid, fall meant something. Even still I feel a few echoes - fall feels more serious than summer. Like nontrivial events can't occur during summer, like nobody looks too deeply into things during summer, and like a project started in summer can't be undertaken with a deep commitment to finish it. Though, these are all events, by which I can only vaguely point at the feeling with.
Not only should the events of summer changing to fall be far more important, even exploring that feeling should be far more important than politics. I should be able to rationally put all thought of politics from my mind and simply wonder what causes fall to feel like fall, and if that feeling in turn means anything about fall.
Instead, I get to explore what it feels like to have some apathetic narcissist living hundreds of miles away try to take all my responsibility away, 'for my own good,' they say. And succeed, of course, giving it all to themselves, naturally. To reverse this is to explore what it feels like to try to change the mind of that apathetic narcissist. As a bonus, while they've taken moral and physical responsibility they refuse to be held responsible (again, successfully) for their predictable and repeated failures and abuses.
No. That is Wrong, with a Capital Fuck. Off.
Of course this is but an ideal. Theft won't ever be completely eliminated either. However, today Anglophone society deliberately promotes politics. Just as you won't ever eliminate theft by a combination of actions that all cause more of it, promoting politics doesn't end well.
But what bothers me the most isn't the asshole. Of course assholes are going to make life hard for everyone else, and are no more eradicable than thieves. What bothers me the most is that...doesn't everyone else have feelings too? Maybe I'm just immature...but I have to ask, why? Why isn't it obvious that a conversation about how fall feels is vastly more satisfying and potentially useful than a conversation about whether Libya is worse or better off, or what the exact optimum value of minimum wage is?
Obviously, we talk about minimum wage because it makes certain voters money. Vested interest and incentives and all that.
But why is that respectable? Only a few blatantly selfish idiots feel the cash incentive. Minding your own business is actually a majority philosophy, and yet the minimum wage is considered important and suggesting that politicians are busybodies is gauche.
Why do so many side with the asshole?
Not that I want to impose essentially poetic conversations as high fashion. You should get to decide for yourself what you find important, if you want to. Pick whatever you...feel like.
But politics? Really?
Who do you think actually feels the happiest, the most satisfied with their life, as they grow old?
How about this guy?
Maybe guys like this?
Or lastly, this guy?