I don’t touch politics with a 10-foot pole. So many people around me are desperate for control and get into politics to achieve their goals in changing the world, convinced it will be for the better regardless of how accurate that is, or if they have the skill to make it happen. They usually don’t since by the time you get to politics, you’ve hit rock bottom and have to bully people to get something done. And I empathize with the sorrow of “Mass Chronic Apathy”, where people in your direct vicinity and even through deeper searching mostly don’t give a fuck, are unstable, don’t show up, and don’t put in the work.
It’s hard to motivate people, but if you know anything about Self-Determination, you know that intrinsic motivation requires autonomy, competence, and interconnection- almost always in that order. Threatening people’s autonomy is the quickest way to repel half of them, and take advantage of the rest who are easily manipulated into outrage, neglecting to dig deeper in learning about reality.
Time and time again, the path of ego-corruption is through this desperation for achieving the goal above all else, even if it means sabotaging and destroying the goal itself, and associating this corruption with one’s most deeply held beliefs.
If you want to actually play a role that is meaningful and makes an impact on others’ lives, start with yourself. Care for yourself in the way that allows you to be dedicated, consistent, healthy and open to gaining wisdom. Then look for opportunities in your neighborhood(s) and immediate friends, family and neighbors in your vicinity- this requires vulnerability and the immediate willingness to just go out and FUCKING DO IT, even if you learn through experimentation and have to improve your skills over time.
Meet in person, show up every time, and only make a reasonable and small commitment to start. From there you can grow. Take OWNERSHIP of your life and opportunities, enough with this “I’m so desperate and can’t accept my starting position or reality so I’m gonna bash people’s heads in with new laws that don’t change anything”. A law passed by government is NOT the same as the Laws of Physics that define our natural world. We don’t make the laws of physics, we don’t control total reality.
Most laws either take credit for the achievements of people directly dedicating their lives in their own communities, OR the laws bully, harass, hurt and imprison and even kill people to try and force something impossible to be true. It breaks my heart that so many people are so desperate they can’t bear to accept the reality that you have no control over other people, or anything else but yourself and you own choices. You feel powerless as one person yet don’t even value the autonomy you have over your own life, and throw it away in the name of “justice”.
Is that the life worth living?