Politics. The word everyone hears and immediately groans in response to as we all know a falling out is about to take place. But I never imagined how invested people would be in the subject until now, the UK General Election of 2017 following the Scottish Referendum and the… ugh… “Brexit” vote.
Being a regular on Twitter I ended up getting swamped by opinions and extremely funny posts by well articulated people regarding the election – particularly when challenging the mainstream media. At the same time I’ve been introduced to the other side of humanity who don’t research, think or want to admit when they got something wrong – or someone who knows they’re wrong but sticks with it to brainwash people and achieve their own goals. Particularly when you have a heavy influence from the media who then gather around you like school bullies in the playground to really beat you down with words. Because if you appear weak then that fragile power you hold immediately turns against you which is critical for reputation as a politician. So they will try everything and focus on anything to channel that attention to the ones who oppose them.
Unless a politician truly cares about their country, then the debates become petty personal fights to vent out their own frustration of their insecurity and desire to dominate.
I think it’s natural for humans to focus on the media and its sneering towards a particular person because it’s like gossip and rumours. Some like to invest in other people’s business so much and this is normally for social reasons; to make them feel important/feel better about themselves. It’s why programmes like Jeremy Kyle exist. So much so that they’ll invest their readings to only the things they want to hear and this results in shallow mindedness.
From this description you can probably tell I don’t like politics. You’d be correct in that hypothesis. Very much like in school, the children who teased and bullied made me so angry and I didn’t want to stoop to their level by doing the same. But children who were less brave on opposing them – because they didn’t know how to or for any other reason – felt protected by siding with what seemed the strong and popular. Because, like the bullies, they wanted to feel needed and important.
That’s not to say that I will ignore politics because it’s vital to research it throughout the process to get a better understanding of the person you’ll be voting for rather than during the pique of the moment. Whatever happens in politics affects us all. Our dreams are affected. Our families and friends are affected. They decide what, when and how much we pay. They decide restrictions on our online activities. They decide rules that we are forced to live by. They decide what services deserve the most attention; the ones we go to for help and protection.
There’s only so many times we can ignore it and if we allow it to go unchallenged and un regulated by ourselves in the general public then the more things they will get away with.