What Kind of World Do You Want?

Voting and political activism and commentary is serious business. Each of us is entitled–up to a certain point–to express views, vote for who we want, and so forth.

When we think of the shape we want our country to be, it’s important to know these are very much philosophical questions. They may be informed and bolstered by empirical data, but ultimately when you take a position on something, it is most likely a philosophical position.

I have remained blissfully unaware of much of the current political atmosphere. That’s not because I wish to be ignorant or think politics unimportant. It is quite the opposite. I take in bits and pieces of information. Some relevant, some not. I will vote as I see fit and I will base my voting strictly on policy issues. This appears to be a good strategy for me right now.

You have the power–with every political comment, every political post, every time you vote–to shape the lives of other people. This is a huge responsibility. It’s important to get it right, to think carefully and clearly about these things and to know that politics may be about you–but it’s not merely about you.

If you happen to think that people are, as a matter of fact, paid according to their worth and, on top of that, they should be paid according to their worth, those are philosophical positions. You can find variations of them in Anarchy, State and Utopia by Robert Nozick.

Politics is one of the most important things in life. As I said, you have the ability to shape not only your own life but the lives of others as well.

Unfortunately, much of our current political climate is not especially conducive to creating astute political opinions or wise and thoughtful political decisions. There’s hate, fear, anxiety and much more in our political climate.

In the end, however you choose to go about politics, however you vote, you have the lives of others in your hands.

Think about the shape you want your country to be. Think about your fellow human. Try–despite the appeals to emotion and other fallacies–to reason well about politics. After all, we must remember that Adolf Hitler was elected into power. Let us try not to repeat a thing like that–or even come close to it.

Your voice, your vote, your activism, matters. Use it wisely.


Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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