Just as I posted, I got kicked off and had to log in. My post didn't show up here, but it shows in the reply area... Strange) So I'm going to try it
again. (Fortunately, I saved it)
Skyfloating, I find I agree strongly with some of your points and disagree with others. So I will address them individually.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
It is my conviction that most take politics and who is in "power" much too seriously. While the elections are somewhat important, they are by no
means as important as they are made out to be...in the general public or on this website.
To know whether I agree with this or not, I would have to know your definitions of several concepts, so I will just say what I think.
I take politics "seriously" like I take American Idol or Buffy, the Vampire Slayer seriously. (Please withhold automatic judgments.) I watch
American Idol because I am a singer and I love the character study, It's entertainment. I watch every episode, but I don't vote or really care who
wins. We own all the Buffys and Angels on DVD and watch the series with dinner. It's fun. It's entertainment. I debate on political subjects because
I love to debate. It's fun. It's entertainment. I take my fun seriously.
But, in the larger scheme of things, none of it really matters at all. So, depending on what is meant by taking something seriously, I would say yes,
it's serious to me like playing Pictionary is serious to me. I REALLY want to win. I want to do my best. I'm competitive, but I'm a great loser,
because 10 minutes later, I don't remember or care who won.
As far as people on this board taking the election too seriously, I say to each his or her own. It fills a certain need within people and I don't
have a problem with that. But I don't live under the illusion that who is in power is going to change my life.
The leader of a country does not determine my personal destiny. I determine my personal destiny.
I am in total agreement with you here. I have a strong belief in my personal power and I believe I am accountable and responsible for my life and my
Who´s with me in thinking that the people who take the Elections2008 too seriously are deceived into believing politics will fix it for
I don't agree with this for the reasons stated above. I take this election seriously in terms of the "game", but I have no belief that politics or
a certain president will fix anything for me. Actually, my life is fixed. I have it made, in my opinion. I couldn't be much happier. Well, I could
win the lottery. That would be neat.
Obviously this is also an attack on the over-eager participants of political debate...convince me otherwise if you can.
I don't really have any desire to convince you otherwise, but I might give you some information you can use. And I can only speak for myself. But
political debate (to me) is fun
. It's challenging, creative and dramatic. I know myself well enough to know that I have a need for those
experiences in my life. To fill those needs in a constructive way is a good thing. If typing my opinions on a screen fills 3 needs at once, helps me
learn, stretch my mind and maybe
someone else's, then that's a Good Thing!
Overall I agree with you that a person's happiness, contentment and destiny is their own responsibility. The "powers" aren't going to change much
about that. I have never been a member of a political party, but when I take those political ideology tests, I almost always end up in Libertarian.
So, I would say that the assessments and judgments made on people's political debating without knowing the person behind the debate or their
reasons for doing so might
lead you to an erroneous conclusion.
Hope that helps.
Edited for horrendous grammar.
And to provide clarity.
[edit on 18-7-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]