Politics dominates every aspect of our lives, making us all boring and unbearable
This year’s vacation made me feel like family in a way. Political divisions have torn my family apart, and the traditions of when my grandparents were alive may be lost, to live on only in my memories.
For some of my recent Thanksgiving articles, I had to read a survey conducted by The New York Times and Sienna College that highlighted the tendency of Americans to judge each other’s character based on their political affiliation.
But, sadly, the poll also delved into the sad reality that many of us have allowed politics to completely excuse family members from our lives.
Politics is always on the table over Thanksgiving dinner; and this may become controversial in the current political climate. Can Democrats and Republicans still enjoy Thanksgiving together? Newsmax’s Mike Carter [@MikeCarterTV
] reports from New York.
AFTER: https://t.co/1J5t3THR7W pic.twitter.com/IJ64XxbE9j
– NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 17, 2022
Over the past week, my husband and I have reflected on our relationships with our friends and family. We realized that politics and social issues seem to dominate the lives of those who have moved away from us.
So it would seem that as a society we have all become obsessed.
You’ll be made to care
Social and political problems have invaded every aspect of life, it seems. In fact, as I’m sitting here next to my son typing this article, he’s watching a “Transformers” cartoon with a character who corrected Optimus Prime on his favorite pronouns.
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“Nightshade pronouns are them/them.”
hell yes. Optimus Prime quickly apologizes and uses the correct pronouns without making much of it. Optimus Prime confirmed non-transphobic pic.twitter.com/Z6NVkQuSt4
— Ruby Tri Brigade (@PassionTentacle) November 14, 2022
Besides the fact that this character isn’t even a human, but a machine known as the Autobot, the cartoon, which is aimed at kids my son’s age, feels the need to delve into gender identity issues. What happened to cartoons focused on teamwork, color wheel recognition, and humor?
Unfortunately, you are simply not allowed to not care about an issue or want to enjoy something without it having some connection to a social justice issue or ideology. This “Transformers” cartoon, which I have since changed channels and which I will not return to, reminds me of my first article with The Political Insider.
I had decided that I was sick of seeing woke concepts seep into the shows and movies my kids watched on Disney+ and that I was done. Yes, I’m that mom who canceled her Disney+ subscription and hasn’t looked back since.
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Aren’t you amused?
My husband and I often watch older TV shows or movies on some of the new releases on the streaming channels. We long to revisit shows like “Battlestar Gallactica” (Edward James Olmos’ version, the older one is weird), “Lost” and “Heroes”.
We watch films like the Blade series, die hard Chuck Norris movies and movies like United States Invasion and delta strength. We returned to these reruns and older films because they provided what the original and main purpose of the entertainment was: an escape.
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Instead of oozing social justice platitudes and not-so-passive political innuendo, these storylines allowed for easy entertainment, engaging new ideas, and perhaps the best thing…conversation. For example, my husband and I debate which “Hero” superpower we want to have and why.
We mock the naivety of Wesley Snipes and Chuck Norris while discussing the merits of die hard like a Christmas movie (the correct answer is, of course, it’s a Christmas movie). But TV shows and movies are no longer an escape from politics and social justice issues.
You can’t even watch the world Cup without the ideology of gender and sexuality being pushed down your throat as you shout, “GOAL!”
#UNITED STATES the men’s team incorporates the rainbow flag at the World Cup #Qatar 🏳️🌈 #proud
more👉https://t.co/YYp63qC8iw#LGBT #LGBTQ #Equality #gay rights #HumanRights #WorldCup2022 #Qatar2022 #USMNT #Pride @benjaaquila pic.twitter.com/cUqGOpq6Ky
— Ben Aquila (@benjaaquila) November 16, 2022
Yoga is not enough
My six-year-old daughter has a lot of passion, and that means a lot of feelings. So we are now working to teach the valuable life lesson of practicing self-control.
It’s a skill set that many of us who run on social media lack. No one seems to know how to regulate their emotional responses and manage their reactions to adversity or to an individual who disagrees with them.
Debates or conversations that touch on politics turn quickly and often interrupt each other, talking to each other and ending up yelling at each other. We have lost the art of agreeing to disagree.
There’s a line in one of my favorite books, 1984it touches on this:
“What can you do, against the madman who is smarter than you; who gives fair hearing to your arguments and simply persists in this madness? »
Sometimes all you can and should do is smile, shrug, and accept that they disagree with you and probably always will.
Left: Divorce your Republican husbands because Kavanaugh
Left: If an adult woman feels forced into having sex by another student, that’s assault
Also on the left: It’s good that Hillary still doesn’t recognize that a president hitting on his intern is an abuse of power
— Inez Stepman ⚪️🔴⚪️ (@InezFeltscher) October 15, 2018
Addicted to rage and guilt
My husband likes to tell the kids that I have a limited emotional range, just like my dad. He argues that I only have the ability to be happy, hungry, mad, and tired.
Of course, that’s not true, but it seems that collectively as a society, we tend to prefer to live in the emotional spaces of rage and guilt. We are either filled with rage at an injustice or a violation of our rights.
Or we revel in our guilt for being born and existing in a selfish attempt to elevate our status above others. There are many other emotions that we need to remember how to express.
Presumed cause of death: white guilt pic.twitter.com/btogaQ51GA
– CCLD (@CCLD13) November 16, 2022
I mean, you can be surprised, confused (I live in this space a lot), frustrated, damn it, you can even choose to be satisfied or, dare I say, happy.
As said in Source:
“…I’ve learned to put up with anything but happiness. I have to learn to wear it.
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Am I the only one who thinks it’s odd to look at the close friendship between the late Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia as if it were a unicorn or a once-in-a-lifetime event? When did it become strange to form relationships with people different from you or who have different beliefs?
One of my biggest regrets in life is that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was white.
— Ann Lesby, PhD (her) 🌈 (@AnnLesbyPhD) November 15, 2022
Somewhere along the lines, we’ve decided that a person’s makeup comes down to two things: your physical traits and your political affiliation. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I’m more than just a straight white Republican. I am a veteran, a mother, a punk rock enthusiast; I love poetry and history with a focus on American history and royal history (think Plantagenets), and I also have a love of chocolate ice cream that knows no boundaries and doesn’t only scratches the surface.
However, I may be giving us too much credit. Maybe most of us are just the sum of our traits and our politics.
Suffice it to refer to the celebration of the death of the great judge ginsburg and Queen Elizabeth II to dive into how politics has replaced our humanity.
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Read a book
Is it too late for us? Are we destined to become the most boring generation to ever walk the planet?
I hope not. Finding solace in emotions unrelated to eternal discomfort would be a step in the right direction.
We must also stop worshiping our chosen ones and celebrities as gods and demons walking among us mere mortals. They are just people we decide to over-glorify or over-demonize.
As King Henry V said in Shakespeare’s play:
“I think the king is just a man, like me. The violet smells the same to him as it does to me.
These icons we’ve incorporated into politics and entertainment are just as flawed as we are, and they’re just mere mortals. They don’t deserve the amount of attention we give them.
We need to read more books, preferably classics mixed with beach books, as I call them. We need to read more poetry, watch more art, laugh more slapstick and ask silly questions like who would win in a fight – John McClane or Chuck Norris (the correct answer is John McClane).
Best Christmas movie? Hmmmm, John McClane strongly doubts it 👀 https://t.co/BGtcYlWKlP pic.twitter.com/NfrlY1EYaE
—Hamtaro 🐹🎮🇫🇷 (@Hamtaro85280) November 17, 2022
If we don’t start doing the above, we will continue to be absolutely boring.
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