a reply to: NthOther
Whoa whoa WHOA!
A) this is NOT my Batman glass, and...
B) that whole post is a drastic oversimplification of the situation.
When someone says of someone "oh, him? He's so political" that does NOT equate to being a narcissistic and possibly dangerous person! Being
concerned with the issues affecting your nation, your continent, your planet, does not make a person a sociopath, or a psychopath, but it has to be
said that there are a fair few of those in positions of power in governments world wide, and I am not talking about the current leadership of North
It is healthy and fair to understand that attaining power does not mean that one is qualified to weild it, or indeed that the person who possesses it
is the best person to do so. However, it is not healthy, fair, or correct to conflate people being political, with a pychological condition which is
often suffered by politicians. The truth resists such simplicity.
The reality is much more complex. One can think politically, and most people do at some point, without being fool enough to believe themselves
capable of saving the world by setting it on fire. Personally speaking, I think politically about a lot of things. I think about the state of our tax
system, and how much public money gets wasted on poor contracts with companies which over charge the government by three hundred percent on simple
goods and services, while failing to pay proper amounts of tax. I think about how ironic it is that my nations government occupies the same city as
our financial district, and yet my government seem to have no ability to keep an eye on the activity of banks in a comprehensive fashion.
I think about the way our schools are run, and I hope to God that our nations children have a better time of it than my generation did when we were
at school, and I hope that aside from the experience of school life, that education OUTCOMES improve, that more kids can get the chance to go to
university, and I am concerned that every kid that does get that chance, now has to pay for it, through the bloody nose.
I am concerned that UKIP are winning votes, despite their barely veiled xenophobia, and I am concerned that there is no socialist representation in
my country worth a damn since the Labour Party abandoned its roots and its original calling as a party, not to mention being concerned that we have a
Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government right now, which seems incapable of making a policy which will not piss off at least eighty percent
of the population.
I think about how sad it is that efforts made to improve communities, can be blindsided by vandalism and theft, and how disheartening it is to be
part of a project so afflicted. I think about my mother, and how she is approaching getting her pension, and how much of a failure I feel for not
being more successful, and being able to provide some stability and peace for her, rather than what is happening now, where she works alongside me in
the family business, despite her being in pain from her bad foot, and her bad back, and her bad hip, and a still undiagnosed event last year which
basically appeared to be some sort of abdominal stroke, that knocked her on her rear for a while.
I am concerned with political matters, because politics matters. What does not matter is politicians, political parties, and the cults of personality
which run the country. It is THOSE things which contain the corruption, and the greed, and the narcissism that you dislike. Thinking politically
however, is necessary for all peoples living under a government. Failure to do so leaves one at a hideous disadvantage. I am not a wealthy person, so
I HAVE to keep abreast of these things, because I cannot afford to be hit by a shot I did not see coming. I have to keep aware, I have to keep in
touch, because failure to do so exposes me and my family, and my whole community, to risks which we should not have to face at all, but exist all the
In short, there is a big difference between thinking politically, which is good, and thinking like a politician, which is always bad.