You shouldn’t worry about politics. They are largely comprised on men, and some women, that have little to do with normal life. Except they dictate normal life.
I wish I had a better answer for you, but the truth is this: no one really has any idea what the right answer is, but almost everybody knows they do. In fact, some people, many in this great country of ours, are willing to die for their political opinions. I’d just as soon have another beer and watch a movie.
I’m not circumventing the hard issues. I have my share of opinions and beliefs, the difference is, I am willing to admit I am wrong when the time comes. Since I am seldom wrong—which you’ll come to learn soon enough—I’m happy to dispense my thoughts to you willingly.
America is not the land of the free and the home of the brave. We’re the land of the powerful and the home of the fortune-seekers. We turn a blind eye to what really makes freedom important: opportunity. There is little opportunity left for typical people, albeit, there are some wealthy, powerful people that have made their fortunes with nothing more than hard work and determination; it’s just very rare. It can be done, and those instances are inspiring.
But the bulk of society feeds on the scraps. I realize this sounds far left, but that’s fine. It’s my fucking blog, and you’re my kid. I get to dispense the information and opinions I wish. The good news is my information and opinions have a solid foundation: people.
The United States Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” And I truly, wholeheartedly believe this. This statement transcends faith, race, gender, and has nothing to do with who we choose to love. Every single person on this planet is equal and deserves the same care, respect, admiration, and opportunities. But we’ve been blinded by greed and selfishness and ambition.
I wish I could say this is a relatively new issue that could be addresses and solved, but we’ve never really figured it out. Part of the reason is that we’re mostly comprised of idiots. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But you should absolutely be ashamed in yourself if your own personal belief system of political affiliation compromises the opportunity to live a full and happy life for others. In fact, damn you.
Now, I realize I am prone to bullheadedness. I’m a human, and we’re all capable of very great mistakes. The point is this: don’t listen to anyone when it comes to making your decisions about politics. Read. Learn. Make informed decisions. Be rational; and most importantly, respect others. If your political beliefs (or otherwise) are directly resulting in the misery of a group of fellow humans, then your beliefs are wrong. It is perfectly acceptable to say “I don’t know,” and pass the torch to someone that is more qualified to make decisions for themselves. Perhaps we should all be allowed to make our own mistakes, not only because it builds character, but it gives us insight.
Be good to people. Vote, not because it actually changes elections, but because you’re proud of your decision. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong. And lastly, and most importantly, don’t hesitate to change your mind when better information comes along.