I have a surprising confession and only a few people know this about me; I am transformed political news junky. I had a long standing on and off love affair with political news and it always got worse around national elections. By 2010 it had escalated and I was on the hard stuff nearly every day; cable news. By the time I quit, cold turkey by the way, I was an anxiety riddled, angry mess. I knew I had to get out or I’d risk being in an incessant bad mood for, well, the rest of my life!
I had not watched any and I truly mean any political news coverage (or really news coverage of any sort) for a couple of years but I inadvertently tuned in on July 25, 2011 because the President came on during a show I was watching and I figured it might be important. I had heard little snippets here and there about the ongoing budget debate and the grid-locked arguments that continued to ensue as the deadline drew ever closer. Within in minutes of each speech, I was instantly reminded why I got out and now I know for sure I cannot go back given the present condition.
For me, it was never about political parties or my beliefs, the reason I had to break free from all things politics was because of the blatant fear mongering common among journalists and politicians alike. I eventually became overwhelmed with a sense of doom and gloom and grew very weary of each side picking the other apart in an attempt to win over the sentiment of the American people. The politics of fear is a tool that seems to be at the forefront of most of our governmental issues; I cannot speak for other countries but I would not be at all surprised if there were similarities.
Every single topic that requires a vote seemingly brings about a fire storm of less than friendly and utterly ego driven debate. I’m not talking about the type of ego related to our self worth, although that definitely comes into play; I’m talking about the ego of our mind that is our false self. The political arena is ripe with opportunities for all follies of the human ego with anger and his pal fear leading the proverbial pack.
As I awakened and became more and more aware of my ego, the negative sound track in my head began to quiet and I realized what was truly important and what was absolute noise of the ego to distract us from it; media coverage of most government related events definitely fell into the noise category for me. Knowing that we are all connected and share the same light of our Creator changed my perception of divisive fields like politics (among others) and helped me understand why people feel the need to be right, to complain, to argue, and to breed fear. I also knew that I could no longer engage in activities involved with that type of negativity because it dragged me right into those emotions and sapped my energy.
So, as I watched the President followed by the Speak of the House in their speeches the other evening, I saw more of the same finger pointing, blaming, tattling, exaggeration and, most of all, fear mongering. There appears to be a belief in politics that you must make them sick to prove how you can make them better and to do that you simply point all the “bad” things that will happen if there is no support for your idea. It’s all about limits; everything in the world is in an extremely limited supply according to politicians and that is the complete opposite of what I know to be true.
Since we create our lives, there is only abundance in all things if we choose to see it. Listen to a poktician defending a point of view for 5 minutes though and you might begin to question it. Why? It’s quite simple really; if we can create the lives we want than what would we need all of these politicians to do for us? So, to keep us thinking we need something might actually not they create possible problems and instill fear of lacking supply, of evil doers, of economic woes, of big business bastards and the list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely world problems to be solved however no solution will ever arrive in the midst of a fight based in endless egoic chaos.
Until the day that only facts are presented and the truth is not over blown to make a point or until those with differing opinions can agree to disagree and still reach common ground for the common good I will be tuned out of politics. In the current state of affairs, I do not speak the same language as our politicians and I cannot comprehend the constant, uncompromising and ineffective back and forth without resolution that exists in their realm. When it is not longer the Politics of Fear but rather the Politics of Practicality, I might start listening again.