I just wanted to share this thought I've had lately. And just on the nature of what I'm about to post, you don't have to give a shit, and can stop reading at any time, lol. But if anyone has had a similar feeling, feel free to respond. I just don't want things to get too out of hand because that would mostly defeat the purpose of this post, haha.
I don't usually post in this section. Truthfully, I get all the political discussion I can stand on Facebook. With friends and family members bickering back and forth, posting their propaganda pictures about every little issue that comes up, it just becomes exhausting even engaging in it anymore. Ultimately, you realize that no matter what side you fall on, you're talking to a wall, and you're never going to change anybody's mind.
So, recently, while talking to my dad on the phone, we started discussing the notion of ignorance being bliss. I mean, you hear all the time how it's better to be an informed citizen, and I don't dispute that a very strong case can be made for being aware of how the world operates and the effect things have on your everyday life. But at the same time, I feel like you have to question how much is actually in your control.
Maybe it's partially due to the general lack of anything getting done in America these days (or when something does get done, the other side works as feverishly as they can to undo it anyway), but regardless of whatever political party you support, do you not feel like you've been losing out? Maybe I've been listening to too much George Carlin lately, but no matter which side of the middle you fall on, do you really feel like your leaders are listening to you? And do you really think they would sit down with you for a heart to heart, and push anything that wasn't already on their agenda anyway?
So, with that being said, if your votes and your choices aren't really accomplishing much anyway, would it be better to just not know why certain bills get passed or why a law was repealed or why something was done that goes against your general interests? Basically, would you be happier if you didn't know you were getting fucked?
This was a sobering thought for me, because it essentially requires you to remove any political passion that you might have. But honestly...where does that passion get you? For one, it gets you fighting on internet message boards while members of Congress (regardless of party affiliation) are making $200,000 a year. For the most part, I don't really find my life any better or worse based on whether I agree or disagree with what they're selling. But what does make my life better or worse is the amount of bullshit I have to deal with on a daily basis.
So, for the past month or so, while people continue to rant on Facebook about Naval shootings, government shutdowns, and cars smashing through iron gates, I've just sat back, reminding myself that the grief isn't worth it. Sure, I'm still aware that these things are going on...but I'm tired of investing the energy by caring. Whether or not this means that I choose to not vote in the next election remains to be seen...but sometimes, Carlin really does make a lot of sense.