I hate politics. It really has never been a subject to capture my interest. Whenever I hear people discuss it, I sometimes listen, but most of the time, I get very bored, unable to suppress my yawning or my wandering mind.
My opinion about politics (and here I refer to both governmental and corporate politics) is simply this: It is a dirty, dirty game. The truth of the matter is, it rules our life, one way or another. For example, governments approve laws and makes decisions that affect each one of us, such as taxes, social security, health care, etc… Corporations decide on strategy, cost-cutting, budgets, salaries, benefits, and how socially responsible they plan or do not plan to be. This is also why I don’t believe that absolute freedom exists, but that’s another topic to be possibly discussed at another blog entry.
I hate politics for many reasons, some of which include the fact that there is bound to be lying, deceit, corruption and games. All those things disgust me, but what really kills me is the hunger for power for the sake of power. That, and people who are not genuine because they are power hungry social climbers who go for the title and whatever powers come with it.
I hate politics because it is inconsistent in many ways. Firstly, the people involved in politics are themselves quite often inconsistent, changing their point of view or what they claim to support, swaying it depending on what is in their best interest; and by their best interest, I mean what keeps them in office and serves their own needs rather than what is best for the people. Secondly, the people who are in office change often, and my problem with that is, due to the hunger for power, coupled with the sense of being the “know-it-all” on all subjects, and sprinkled with the need to leave one’s own mark, the wheel is constantly reinvented (or so it seems) each time someone new joins, making it impossible to achieve the success that would be achieved with consistency and focus.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no issues with making adjustments or changes along the way, as it is only natural in a fast-changing playing field that is continuously affected by both external and internal factors. But, there are certain steps or decisions that a country or corporation has taken in the past which need to be followed up on and completed regardless of who Mr. CEO, President, Prime Minister, Mayor, etc… is. Change is good, but too much continuous change is bad. I would suggest that maybe 25-30% of things can be revamped if need be, but the rest should remain pretty stable and consistent with the exception of a crisis situation, which in and of itself should be contained, controlled and managed within the shortest amount of time possible.
I hate politics because, although it seems like it is a team effort (and it should be) which is put together with a higher purpose (the benefit of the country, company and the people), it really is not. Sadly, we find that most are driving or pushing for their own agendas, which of course, is focused on their own benefit, regardless if it is masked by another explanation or goal.
I also hate politics because if you want a say in those decisions that affect your life, you have to participate in them. I have never yet done so, but I am starting to see it as a reality that we cannot escape, and I think I will try to learn more about how things work and how I can make my voice heard about subjects I feel strongly about, specifically in the governmental side of politics. The Jordanian elections are coming up soon, and to be honest I have shielded myself from looking much into the changes or candidates, and I now realize I should be more active in at least educating myself and being aware of what is happening. As I will not be in Jordan for a couple of months, my promise to myself is to work on that aspect once I return. I am sure some of my very closest friends who are passionate about politics and are now reading this post jumping up and down with excitement. I cannot wait to see you once I am back, for Jordan Politics 101 sessions.
Lastly, I just want to say that I feel that if you go for what is best for the people (which can be perceived as different from what the people believe is best for them), in the most genuine, honest and true way, everything else will follow. I believe this true not just in politics, but in any relationship you have. Go for the people.