#97 Politics – ‘Whoops! Opened The Wrong Door’

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Swaggering around with all my confidence from yesterday I stumble across a problem, I have nowhere to swagger to. I don’t really have any work on at the moment, and Vienna has been transported to the Siberian Peninsular, apparently, so what is a boy to do? What can a 28 year old guy do in his apartment alone all day with only the internet for company? Go on twitter, exactly. Now, regular readers of the blog will notice there is an absence of politics, and this is a deliberate thing. It is not that I am ignorant of it, and I will happily debate anyone on anything, any where, any time! Bring it!*. But herein lies the problem.

There is no such thing as reasoned debate anymore, there are just people cowering behind upturned desks throwing shit at each other. Both sides are as bad as each other, or should I say all sides, are as bad as each other. No one wants a solution, they just want to ‘win’, whatever that means. That is it, and I know that is it, but for some reason today I opened the door. I went onto twitter, which can be a peaceful, pleasant and supportive place, if you so choose, but I choose differently. Today, I clicked on the hashtag ‘UKIP’. As in, the UK Independence Party. As in, the ‘we are really just racist and xenophobic, but trying to pretend we are not‘ Party.

So, it was my own fault, I admit that from the start, but the level of ‘debate’ and rhetoric I found was disheartening to the point of depressing. Common sense and reasonable political candidates will never be able to succeed in this environment, because that would require the use of ‘reason’. Something no one wants to use anymore. The sure-fire way to know a political parties ambitions of ‘winning’ rather than actually improving society, is when they start appealing to the emotions of the electorate. You see, the one major human flaw is our quick reacting emotional side of the brain. It reacts quicker than our analytical side, and it not only reacts quicker but it can also over power our analytical side.

This is a problem.

It takes a serious conscious effort to see past the emotional agendas of organisations and governments. It is easy to buy into emotional arguments, whether true or not, because they can feel right. When a political party starts making you feel instead of think you know they have something to hide. And that is the stage we are in at the moment, everyone is feeling; hating. The majority seem to have abandoned thought in favour of feeling and extreme political parties are exploiting this.

The debating of government policy becomes irrelevant when you look at evidence and reason, because the answers are there. They are clear. We don’t need to mud sling about tuition fees, or funding public health care, or staying in the EU. We don’t need to emotionally ‘debate’ these topics, because the answers and evidence exist already. But the parties don’t seem to want us to see it, they just want to perpetrate fear, anger and division instead, which they are doing successfully. All because they want to ‘win’.

I saw all the mud-slinging today, and by all, I mean about 0.003% of it. But it was enough to dampen my mood significantly. I am still feeling confident, but I am feeling isolated. I don’t want to argue for either side, or any party. I just want reason and evidence to prevail. Regardless of colour, party or preference, the truth is always the truth… unless you are Sean Spicer of course, where truth is actually a vague, mythical and subjective concept.

Walking home after my only job today though, I bought two schokoschnecken to cheer myself up. Because of the sludgy rain though the paper bag began to deteriorate, my confidence from the last few days meant I was in no mood to pander to the danger. When, meters from my front door, the bag ripped. It ripped the top of the paper bag clean off, I watched in slow motion as the schokoschnecken landed on the floor, on top of the remaining paper. They were safe. I’ve been a staunch atheist most of my life, but it is times like these I seriously question my beliefs.

Mindfump.

*Don’t bring it. 

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41 Comments

    1. Mindfump

      You almost got the spelling right! But you did get the state wrong. It is a solid :D, you can find a picture of one on my instagram somewhere. They’re like these swirly chocolate pastries – delicious!

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  1. S. Hansen

    This perfectly expresses my disillusionment with politics. I’m a pragmatist, emotions don’t swing my vote one way or the other. I think a leader should have only one professional desire and that should be to serve their people as well as they can. This has not been the case for a very long time, anywhere that I can find.
    I’m also pretty sure that the introduction of text messaging and then all the social media formats that limit character counts and word counts has led to a degradation in language. Which means people are getting weaker and weaker at expressing themselves and debating formally. Their attention spans are shortening and people just think ‘Too Long, Didn’t Read’ about any informative article.

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    1. Mindfump

      I’m with you, the political landscape is a big football match at the moment and the direction of the country seems irrelevant. An after thought even. First and foremost they just want to be ahead. You should read a brilliant book called ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business’ Talks about the demise of print media and its affects on our behaviour. It was written 30 years ago before social media but pretty much predicts everything going on at the moment (as well as everything you just said).

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  2. Buffy Devane

    More excellent food for thought, Mindfump… as someone with friends of many political persuasions, I sometimes wonder if my desire for diversity of views is going out of fashion in favour of staunch tribalism… I try to cover myself by saying that (nearly) all political parties have their angels and demons, but I don’t know if that line’s going to last forever?

    As it happens, a while back I had to leave twitter, as I did Facebook, because of the deluge of bigotry, emotive exclusionism, elitism, virtue-signalling, and more bigotry. Socratic it ain’t. 😦

    I wonder, is it wrong of me to be intolerant of intolerance?
    (Of course, I should’ve made this a blogpost instead of cluttering up your comments section… but it’s written now.)

    Anyway… thank you for letting me get close to ranting, mon ami; it’s the nearest thing to ranting I get to do. 😉

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    1. Mindfump

      I must say buffy you have eloquence I could only dream of. I think you are right though, division seems to be the only way at the moment. But I emphasise ‘at the moment’ because nothing lasts forever and neither will this. One day twitter will be a lovely place and so will the UK. Unfortunately we don’t live in that time haha. But I am also troubled with the same quandary, if we just let the intolerant people run the internet then nothing will change. Equally though it is the most depression thing to be a part of… hmmm decisions.

      I’d also love to read a post on it.

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      1. Buffy Devane

        Thank you, kind sir: to be honest I’m lacking a bit of general and blogging self-confidence at the mo, so your kind words are particularly welcome right now!
        Ah yes, well if a Utopian UK and Utopian social media are to exist after we’re gone, we can at least have some satisfaction of knowing the world WILL be a better place one day, and we’re playing our own parts in that improvement, to the best of our abilities. 🙂
        All this to say, your point about letting intolerant people rule the internet is sound indeed.
        Thank you again; I do feel inspired to begin to write that political post… let’s just hope I can be inspired to complete it, too!
        Have a good evening, my friend. 🙂

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        1. Mindfump

          Sorry to hear you are lacking the self-confidence at the moment. It will come back just the like the tides. You may just be the severn estuary. I hope you can ride this inspiration though, I’ll be back to check it out either way.

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          1. Buffy Devane

            Haha I know the Severn estuary quite well, so that’s an image that works for me. 🙂
            Just finishing the post as we speak… recently my posts have been about 12 words long so it’s nice to script a longer one, to remind myself I can do complete sentences. Within reason. 😉

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    1. Mindfump

      Yeah I think whenever you base a country around the concept of capitalism it can’t be a surprise when money start to dictates policy right at the top. It is also happening in the UK also. I just don’t know how to effectively engage with any political action at the moment. :/

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      1. thethingswehideinside

        There really isn’t a good way. Here in the US the two-party system is so polarizing that nothing ever gets done and nothing ever gets solved and no one can agree on anything it’s really a bad set up. There’s no good way to start to discuss it because the two parties are so far apart

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        1. Mindfump

          You need some kind of union where the states have their own political parties, who then get represented 1 per state at the union. That way political parties will split and divide to create new and fresh parties at local level and then be representative at higher levels. Although this is unlikely to happen anytime in the next 1,000 years.

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  3. Raegina

    Oh yes, politics. Avoided at all costs. But it is frustrating how even non-political topics are now political. Like taking my son out for a cultural day and was side-lined by a ‘I’m not right or left cause both sides are shit’ kind of person who started to go on about their bad experiences with Aboriginal people. Then don’t come here damn it, the event wasn’t advertising self-proclaimed fence-sitters who are really just selfish demons dressed in parenting costumes.
    Rant over.
    Your post was great, nailed it. The world is stuffed.

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      1. Raegina

        I don’t know if I can put aside bigotry and hate to learn to ‘be’ with someone (if that makes sense). There is a line for me and Trump and our right wing govt are definitely over it!

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  4. Paul Sunstone

    I’m usually not fond of comparing “the good old days” to the present because I’ve noticed most such comparisons are nonsense, but I do believe that politics was a bit more sensible when I was growing up than it is today. People disagreed over how to interpret the facts, but not so much over the facts themselves.

    I’m not sure what’s really happening. Have the majority of people gone bonkers? Or is it just that the lunatic fringe now dominates discourse?

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    1. Mindfump

      There certainly seemed to be a level of decorum which isn’t the case anymore. Although I think it will change again, we constructed society this way almost certainly by accident and I don’t think anyone enjoys it. It will change. #Optimism.

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  5. Rebecca

    I’ll tell you a secret…. when I am having a bad day, I will go on facebook and argue -almost to the point of fistfights- with random strangers about there retarded political views. I will call tell names, tell them to go fuck themselves, anything is game, it doesn’t even have to make sense…. then, when I have gotten it out of my system and I feel better about myself, I go back and delete all of my comments and leave them wondering what the hell just happened.

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    1. Rebecca

      Oh I feel like I should add that if anyone is thinking about trying this, you better be damn sure your facebook account is on maximum privacy cos this could otherwise really bite you in the ass….. people do not like being called an asshole on the fly….

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    2. Mindfump

      You know what Rebecca having spoke to you on here on a few occasions now, something about what you just said does not surprise me in one bit hahah. I don’t know why but I was like yep, that is Rebecca. I love the deleting of the evidence at the end as well.

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