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Philosophy

by on November 27, 2015

I didn’t get any writing done today, due to reasons. So, instead, I don’t know, I could share my philosophy of politics.

It is very simple.

I don’t talk about it.

That is to say, I don’t talk about it online.

I am intensely interested in the subject, and have been for a while. I have opinions. I’m conflicted on some issues, and absolutely certain on others. I vote in off-year midterm elections when the most exciting thing on the ballot is a local school referendum with complicated wording about bond issues or some such thing. And I was homeschooled, even. So, yeah. I care.

I will happily talk about issues with people in person, if I know them well. Knowing someone well means that I understand, and they understand, where we are coming from. We are civil. We can reasonably disagree. We can read body language, and mannerisms, and so on. We know that we will still be friends after our discussion. Also, it helps if you know that the person you are discussing politics with actually does agree with you. Then it’s preaching to the choir time, baby!

On social media, the dynamic is different. Things are condensed to memes, and posts about how one person DESTROYED the other person’s point, and shame-storms, and insults. So, I don’t talk about it. I write about space otters. Because, hey, you can read about the latest Thing-To-Be-Outraged-About anywhere. How often do you read about space otters? The world needs more of that, like Hawkeye Pierce and his Hawaiian shirts in a war zone. Anywho: this is my philosophy. 🙂

 

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