I love smart, insightful conversations that have the potential to piss off both sides of the political aisle. Especially since, most of the time, these thoughts will trend toward Personal Responsibility and/or Free Will.
It’s been a very long time since I have had any appetite for political arguments. Mostly because it seems, to me, that most of them hinge on the concept of “right vs wrong”. Which is a concept that I don’t care for, at it’s root.
We are all human, so I am far from perfect. However, I do try.
Though, I would like to think that it’s probably at a deeper level than “try”. Let’s go with “I go through considerable effort to train myself NOT to think of things as right or wrong.” I greatly prefer “is this useful or not?” I try to ask: Does this improve my life?
Does it add something good?
Is it contributing toward my happiness?
If this isn’t a “hell yes” then I try not to give much energy to it.
Today’s conversation is a summary of a conversation between Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro. Regardless of what you think of either of them, this shit makes sense.
From the conversation: Until people get over the core notion that the government is going to solve their problems, we are going to keep having these societal problems and fights. If you are on the right, you think the Federal government is going to solve our problems if Trump is President again. If you are on the left, you think that as long as Biden is in control – the Federal government is going to solve all of your problems.
So, we can be as dissatisfied with the system as we want to be – on all sides of the aisle. But until we recognize that, really, until we recognize that these people aren’t capable of solving our problems – and that they should just leave us the hell alone – we are lying to ourselves.
As Ben Franklin said: People who surrender Liberty for temporary security deserve neither Liberty nor Security.
If you are waiting on the government to do something for you, you are surrendering Liberty.
Many people, on both side of the aisle, are just entrenched in their ideology because they are terrified of the ramifications to their identity if their primary source of info (Government, CNN, Fox News) turns out to be unreliable.