I just realized that the reason that people get all weird when it’s political season is that at some underlying level people believe that politics equals life or death.
They actually end up in a survival mode; get their adrenaline all pumped up and have all those weird bodily changes come up that happen when you are in a life or death situation.
Thinking becomes more “global” and gets fuzzy and can only grasp generalities. Maybe this is why they can’t calmly listen to another person’s opinion or read straight and actually see when I’ve quoted someone else (hopefully the big quotation marks I put in there will help with that.) .
Your body goes through some fascinating changes when you are running or fighting for your life. It’s an amazing process to study.
I have to admit there are certain times it’s happened to me.
It is an amazing person who can see through all the propoganda, the lies, the half-truths (also lies), and the general well-meaning mis-information that abounds and stay calm as well. If only the majority were like that.
Perhaps all these people who desperatly want someone to make it all better for them and everyone else, just can’t function at that kind of higher level.
They are stuck in this basic level, feel like everyone else is too, and want “daddy” (big government) to come in and “make them stop fighting, make it all better”, etc.
And then there are all those who are the opposite. They feel like the whole world is out to get them and just want to be “left alone.”
Perhaps the best route is somewhere in between. Letting people take care of themselves, and also being willing to be there for others. 🙂 Wow. Novel idea, that.
So maybe, just maybe, people can grow past that whole life or death fear factor thing, and let politics be further from them than that. Maybe people then can start to communicate clearly and find facts, solutions, and answers.
And if it doesn’t happen, hey! We could always move somewhere that does work for us! 🙂
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