Things Happen for a Reason

Most of the time, things happen for a reason. Once in a while there are accidents, but when we have something of the scale and scope of something like a national election and how the media reports on it, it’s very unlikely that what you are looking at is a coincidence. In fact, usually thing things that happen are in fact _intended_ to happen. So the thing to look at is–what is happening? Well, what it looks like is happening, to me, is a lot of people becoming unhappy and dissatisfied about presidential candidates–people who are likely to be highly dissatisfied when EITHER of them win.

So rather than argue about the candidates or what we know about them through the media channels, perhaps it would be more worthwhile to do a few other things:

1. Consider: what groups or individuals would benefit from Americans being hateful or dissatisfied about their government? Do any of those groups have influence over the media, political parties, or other groups?

2. What can we do to make our lives and the world a better place? Is the government going to do that? I don’t think that there are too many governments in all of history where you would look back and say that they were as effective as various historical individuals have been who intended to do something about the society. There are certainly exceptional individuals within governments from time to time. And certainly people like Gandhi went on to be in government. But why would you look to a government as a whole and actually EXPECT the group to be making the world a better place? That’s something we expect of Greenpeace, or the Volunteer Ministers, or the Red Cross. So why are we so worried about the government making the world a better place? It usually doesn’t. It does some good things here and there. But the world does not belong to it. The world belongs to you, and me, and anybody else who chooses to make a difference. Vote, please. But maybe the time that any of us are spending being outraged about the government would be better spent making the world a better place by helping ourselves, our families, our friends, our groups, even random strangers. I’d rather make one person smile than spend a SECOND thinking about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I’m not saying they are totally unimportant, or that we shouldn’t spend time on politics. It is important that we care about our group and its future. But we have a choice about where we spend our physical and emotional energy, and I think it’s better to spend _more_ of it on looking at how we can make the world a better place by the simple things we can do every day than spend hours or days worrying about what is so terrible about one politician or another and posting it all over Facebook. That is not making the world a better place to live.

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The Only Political Party

Hi hi. So, wow, politics! Apparently that’s a thing. But really, here’s what’s up:

In the USA, there is only one major political party. It is called the Money And War Party. It has two faces: the Angry Party and the Sympathy Party. Both of these are really just ways of making the Money And War Party appeal to different sorts of people.

These parties both have some good people in them. They have some bad people in them. Very little of this gets communicated, though, because the USA also has two other things: The Angry People News Companies and the Smiles and Lies News Companies.

The Angry People News Companies are angry! They are so angry that the Sympathy Party is being sympathetic! How pathetic and ineffective those sympathy people are! Everybody and everything sucks and everything about the government is bad! Grrr, anger!

The Smiles and Lies News Companies are so upset that everybody else is lying! They’re liars! Look at what terrible people everybody else are! The world is a dangerous place! It’s really scary and we should feel bad for how terrible everything is for people. Isn’t it so sad and weird that the Angry Party is angry? And that they are lying? Probably we should feel nervous about the world. The Sympathy Party is all right, though, because they feel bad for people who are in bad situations! And the world is full of people in bad situations! Here are some pictures of people from the Sympathy Party smiling. Doesn’t that make you feel less nervous now?

And then you pit those two factions against each other, and it really looks like there’s a wide choice! Wow, such difference! Do I want to be Angry About The Government or do I want to Help People In Need? Weirdly, those emotional messages seem to reach a pretty good number of the voting population (though I don’t think they really have mass appeal, given usual voter turnout).

But then what really happens is that you elect them and they spend money and wage war. But even that is hard to see because the Angry People News tells you that they are waging war and NOT spending money and the news companies that support the Sympathy Party tell you that they are NOT waging war but that they are spending money. In addition to telling you lots of other irrelevant information.

So, since we’re all talking politics ANYWAY, apparently, and no matter how many times I click “Hide” on the total BS that the Angry People News and Smiles And Lies News writes, the articles keep popping up here and there in my news feed, I figured I might as well start talking about politics too!