Believe in Yourself – Not a Popular Way to Think These Days
If you are absolutely sick and tired of hearing about politics and the presidential election that is coming up, then I can really identify with you. In fact, I don’t want this post to be about the election, and I am not even going to mention candidates, parties, or issues at all, if can, at all, avoid it. I would rather focus on the thinking of people, and actually encourage people to engage in the art of believing in themselves and allowing themselves to not be coerced into a box of aligning themselves with anything they don’t believe in. But rather, I’d like to highlight how these forces are very present right now, and seem to be stronger than ever. It seems as if you need to be in a box of some kind and be really passionate about some issue or some candidate. Or, at the minimum, you have to be really passionate about hating some candidate. I have to admit that this latter statement is really easy to do. In fact, I have a strong dislike for just about every candidate, including the third party candidates. Yet, I digress, and don’t want to get into that. The main point is, when you feel forces or other people trying to push you into a box, I don’t think that it is ever a good thing.
I hate Candidate A, but I Hate Candidate B More
From a personal standpoint, I have recently found that a lot of people who I admired or at least agreed with, have changed. I’m not talking about my personal life, but rather, public figures. I’m not even going to mention them, because I want this post to remain general enough, that people are invited to think for themselves about what I am saying and apply it to their own lives in the way that they see fit. Overall, I think that many people will be able to identify with me, and I want to offer them encouragement to remain “outside of the box,” because it is, in fact, ok. A very common statement that you are probably hearing right now is, “If you don’t vote for candidate A, then candidate B is going to win!”
Well, technically, there are more than two candidates, and of course, the general rule of thought is that a third party or independent candidate can never win. So long as we keep thinking that way, then we will continue to perpetuate that reality. I’m not here to promote a third party candidate, because, actually, I’m not all that happy with the leading third party or independent candidates either. So, I’m not even going to get into that. I just think it is a good point to make that we are perpetuating the model of “two bad choices” if we continue to follow the unwritten law of never voting for anyone other than the “two bad choices.”
What is just as troubling as the coercion of having to support someone who really don’t like at all because you hate their opponent more, is the fact that you have a lot of people who either ignore their principles, change their positons, change their views, or even engage in lying to defend a candidate that they want to support. You can really find yourself doing this when you really don’t like your candidate, but are just trying to get people to note support the opposing candidate, who you also do not like, but dislike more. This is really troubling, and I want to encourage you to believe in yourself as to avoid having this happen to you.
If you put your mind, heart, and soul into deciding on your beliefs, then you are actually putting a sincere effort into doing so, and that should count for something. I don’t think that it is wise to chuck that away just to try and make up for the disagreement you have with candidate A go away just so you can continue arguing against candidate B. This is especially ridiculous when you find that candidate A and candidate B are really not all that different. In fact, if you think about it, it seems like the media has to work overtime drumming up the few differences between candidates in order to emphasize the thought that there really is a big difference between the two. In many cases, the campaigns do a hell of a lot of that too. You get a lot of stupid statement like, “I support $12.50 as the minimum wage, and candidate B only supports $11.00 as the minimum wage. Candidate B wants people to suffer and I want people to liver their dreams!”
You Don’t Have to Find a Box
Now, I’m not encouraging anyone to not vote. We have to remember that there are a lot of other offices to vote for other than president and many other ballot issues that have to do with our local governments. Amazing how we have a tendency to focus only on national races, or even only the presidential race and ignore that which is closer to home. Well, it is true that the federal government has been continually growing in power and influence over us and the local governments have been shrinking in their affect on us. Funny how we are getting sucked into a “one size fits all” mentality for the whole country instead of wanting decisions to be base don how things actually are around us, or in our area. Well, that’s what this “two bad choices” model leads to. People just start giving up and tuning out. What’s more, with national control over our lies, we find that have very little, if no influence over anything anyway. In many ways, that just gets us trapped in a box anyway, despite not getting lured into the “one of two bad choices” boxes.
Since the presidential choice will be on the ballot, just do the best you can. What I’m more concerned about is the fact that we keep being presented with choices that the overwhelming majority of the people don’t want, and we all have to settle for the “lesser of two evils.” Yeah, we do need to start giving more of a voice to the other political parties. Maybe they’ll encourage the two main parties to shape up and stop being so corrupt. If they see their power being challenged, they might decide to perform a little better. Competition is a good thing. The free market has worked out so well for the prosperity of our country. It’s too bad we keep maintain duopolies and monopoles in our government.
So, what’s the solution? Well, there isn’t any easy solution. I just think it best for you to think for yourself, don’t sacrifice your principles or believe just to fit in a box you don’t like anyway. Yet, giving up and tuning out isn’t good either. Perhaps it would be best to share your thoughts and beliefs and get them out there. You may find that a lot of people agree with you. If the “powers that be” find it hard to push us into their set boxes for us, but also find that we’re not just giving up and tuning out either, then maybe they’d start losing their hold on us. This is especially true when it comes to individual issues. Usually there are more options than just two possible solutions for any given problem. In many cases, governance is not the best solution for problems anyway. You really have to do some thinking and do your homework. Trouble is, finding the truth and finding anything explained without bias is difficult.
Yet, you can also take information form biased sources, just cut out the bias. I’ve gotten pretty good at listening to the news, and cutting out, in my mind, what is bias, and changing things around. As you notice the ways in which different factions lie, then you can take the news, subtract their common lie techniques, and then sort out for yourself what the truth is. Also, sometimes, things get reported before there actually any good information available. Imagine that, the media just going on about things when they really haven’t gotten the facts yet. Yeah, it is constant. Frequently, they will basically tell you how to think about something before the facts have come out, and then insist you need to keep thinking the same way when the fact come out, or ignore the facts to fit how you are supposed to think about it.
It Isn’t Easy, but Don’t Give Up on Yourself
The key to believing in yourself I s to do the work that gives yourself the confidence that you can believe in yourself. If you put your mind, heart, and soul into THINKING and you are actually honest with yourself in knowing that you are searching for the truth and not trying to bend and manipulate things to manufacture a truth, then you can truly have confidence in yourself. You have the ability of being wrong, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll learn from your mistakes and face the truth when you find that you are wrong. Doing so will give you all the confidence that you need to not have to conform to the beliefs of others in order to go along. You’ll be able to stand up to the slings and arrows of others who are not getting you into their boxes. You should also allow for the freedom of others to disagree with you. Disagreement is fertile ground for civil debate, but shutting down the freedom of others’ speech is just your need to be right and your desire to cut off the possibility of having someone else poke holes in your arguments. Yet, this is a very common tactic this day and age as well.
One commonality of the “Powers that Be”
In many ways, I feel like we are all being forced to get on a train. We are being coerced into different cars based on exaggerated divisions, butt they are all on the same train, and it’s going the same direction. At least, there are commonalties to that direction. The train seems to be going further down the tracks toward more and more group-think, more and more division, more and more coercion into boxes defined by issues, and more and more government controlling every aspect of our lies from one central location. Think about it, if you went around asking people if they knew who their state representative and state senator (if they live in a bicameral state) are, how many people do think would actually know? Do you know?
The governments that are actually located in your local area, knowledgeable about the area, and most suited to deal with the problems and/or needs of that area are usually the last ones that people pay attention to, and frequently have the least amount of affect over our lives. At the same time, the one, centralized federal government, that keeps wanting to force “two bad choices” down our throats is the one that has the most control over everyone across the country, and is the one we are constantly handing more and more power and control two for those “two bad choices” to wield in giving us “two bad options” in solving every problem. Usually the problems to be solved are caused by them too.
If we want o have louder voices, more options, and more of a direct communication and interaction with our communities, then perhaps we need to start thinking locally again. Maybe that is where YOU can make a difference. Of course, you’ll have to try to get people to get Washington, DC off the backs of their communities in order to do so. Yet, if they want to have more influence over their own lives, then perhaps they might be open to doing so. More and more people are getting sick of the “two bad choices” from the central government. Maybe that’s why the “two bad choices” and the media are getting LOUDER and LOUDER, because they realize people are getting sick of it. Yet, giving up and tuning out will also give them more power, and after all, that’s what it is all about at the national level.
Individual Liberty is the key, my friend. The more freedom people have, and the more they tolerate others and allow each other to be as free as we can be, without interfering with each other all the time, the happier we will be as a society. You can’t do that from one centralized authority with “one size fits all” government.