Hello Readers, Writers and New Friends,
Today’s Word: Politician
According to my Webster’s dictionary, a politician is: a person experienced in the art or science of governing. The definition doesn’t stop there, however. A second entry reads: a person primarily interested in political office from selfish or other narrow usually short-run interests. It seems that the conflict we are witnessing during this lengthy political process of choosing who will run our country for the next term might well be found in the opposition of those two definitions.
Sorting out the candidates based on which definition they seem to fit is not an easy task. Once we choose our side, we become different creatures. We defend out stance, often with anger or scorn for anyone who doesn’t agree creating uncomfortable conflicts by pressing our preference as strenuously as we can.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, we tend to belittle and even malign those who are not in complete agreement with the position we’ve taken. We react with anger and hatred when someone disagrees with us. The rhetoric becomes ever more vitriolic, friendships are shaken or broken, and civility is lost in the process.
There is a way out of this dilemma. We can and should learn to be discerning participants in the political process. Neither side is all bad; neither side is all good. Polarization is non-productive and actually endangers the democracy we all love. If we can acknowledge that perhaps there are some good points on the opposite side and perhaps some untenable arguments on this side, we can move toward a more equitable political process. That is, I think, the way democracy was supposed to work.
Instead, we are becoming more and more polarized, more and more angry, more and more defiant. As it is, we are moving toward a country where the promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are just words on an ancient piece of paper.
Until Next Time Writers!
Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer