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Updated on October 18, 2019
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I like to come at things from a different angle. Usually if we take some words and apply them to ourselves we can then apply to the world.

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Some Politics

This will bring a whole bunch of ire from political type people. I am referring to the armchair quarterbacks of politics. The kitchen and water cooler pundits of all matters politics. Politics are so cool. Everyone can have a say unless they are in a room with folks with different political perspectives. Politic as opposed to politics or politician is worth a note.

We did a survey of about 20 diverse people about what they thought the definition of politics is. We did a survey of 5 internet dictionaries about a definition of politics. Our results can be summarized by “What a trip.” Really I dare you to type in / definition of politics / into your search engine and prepare to try and pick a definition. I like the ones suggesting an ‘art?’ For to be sure growing up in a family of 6 children politics is an art and politic is essential.

Are we having fun yet? Politics and fun? Yes politics are fun. Arguing and yelling and vitriolic behavior not so much fun and those are not politics. Those are venting and anger in most cases. If anger drives any part of our motivation to speak and act, we need to get into anger management classes real quick. Oops that is about 40% of vocal Americans or so I understand. We understand from anger management study that anger is internal and not external with few exceptions and there are some exceptions but if politics is one, get to those classes really quick.

TV type sports or children’s sports get real political real fast and anger flows in there. If you want to watch real fun politics put two “helicopter” soccer moms together. Yikes! Or how about two 30 something testosterone pumped little league dads in a small room. Just get out the popcorn and watch the show. Better than reality TV. Physical anger is not uncommon.

Smoking. That is a great one. I have been on both sides of this and stepping back it is hilarious. I think for about 2 years I smoked as defiant behavior. I think for two years I rallied against it as self-righteous.

Vaccines. What a vehement subjective implosion. 90% of people operate on this one, not out of anger but out of fear. Heck, if you make decisions based on fear you have issues. They should have fear management classes. Seems to me about as dangerous as anger. You know, our primeval fight or flight stuff. More like a reptile than an advanced mammal.

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Awe and Hope

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Sail On

Now you are saying that the above is not politics. Just hold on and put that search term back into your search engine.

Politic. Put / definition of Politic / in that old search engine and it will blow your mind. It is like the exact opposite of how most view “politics”. Our research of about 20 people and 5 online definitions brought us to a serious conclusion; “What a trip”. (for some I should say that a trip in this case means an hallucination journey that blows your mind)

Politics are so interesting. I promise you that if you do those two searches you will lose half of your anger and fear.

Issues are not politic or politics. If you view an issue as a political one you again need some classes. Take a political science class at your local community college. You will be blown away by two things. First is the youthful exuberance of putting personal opinion above logic and the next will be that politics is not really what we think. A riot in Riyadh is not politics. A coup in Venezuela or Hong Kong is not politics. Those are government by fear and loathing that certainly is not politic.

Religion and Politics. That is a blast to watch. Oh I do not speak of the death and destruction here. That is pitiful and a blight on being human. In my case it is not politics it is evil and my only reaction other than donating time and money is prayer.

On the other hand politics and religion is backwards. I am not speaking of being spiritual. But religion is in fact politics. Good on those folks. In order to succeed in religion you must build beautiful places, convince people of your views and increase your population. Most religious stuff is at least built on a concept of love of some sort. But once again that anger and fear raises its ugly head and the “church’s” backbone of politics turns into negative. Which brings us to negative.

In the United States it is fairly well accepted that “winning” in politics is based on voting against something rather than for something. It took quite some time for that to sink in. And then I applied it to juries I had cajoled and board rooms I had roamed. Damn straight up that is a truth about our human condition. That was good to apply to me to change my perspective.

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This Land Is Our Land

Battle?

Personality. The drunkard. Us people sometimes discount wise advice and good suggestions because they lady who gave it to us drank too much. We tend to ignore good advice from people with Bi-Polar disorders. Some people even refuse to accept intelligent stuff from people because they are; old, young, dark, different sex or orientation. This is true, I once saw a man refuse good counsel from another man because the advisor was too fat.

If we were to oppose people because they have a particular personal issue we would need to do this: Sell our home. Fly to the Arctic and go to the middle of nowhere build shelter and live alone. (notice no dogsled as we would judge our dogs harshly for their personality and not performance)

To my knowledge many of the greats of our last 2 thousand years have been depressed or manic from time to time and liked the ladies too much and drank a great deal. Such are the politics of life.

Love. Now into politics and politic creeps this code by which many try to live. From Sitting Bear to Buddha to Christ to the Dalai Lama. One political rule stands true. And believe me these men were politicians. And let us not ignore Mother Theresa, Margaret Thatcher, and if you forget Evita you need a refresher.

These people loved so much those who they governed. Passion and caring is what I vote for. The opposite of love is apathy.

A quick aside. My country’s politicians running for office are awesome. The cream of the crop. Issues? They have plenty. And personal gain desire they have much of. Egos off the charts. But I live in the best of all best democracies. And so somehow and in some way these folks are doing a remarkable job. I pray for them every day.

So there I was and some folks were arguing about politics and one side screaming down another and I decided to step into the fray. I spoke of admiring these people and of raising them up and loving them for their service. Some yelled at me. Some shook their heads. But to a single one they heard my voice and considered it for just one moment.

I reckon all of my smarts makes me stupid. Fair enough. Maybe I should “fight” more for my convictions and tear down those with other ones. But I gave that careful consideration and decided not to. Now off to the politic of my home.

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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Three Ps and not much I can contribute to this topic. I am glad you know how to get your way around it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I am getting up to it. These dognosed rat dogs better watch out. We are bringing on the positive. The house of Dierker is on a positive streak.

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      Ann Carr 

      21 months ago from SW England

      Sounds fun to me! Humour goes a long way and our lot seem to have lost all semblance of it.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, I get a lot of flack for voting for people not parties. Oh well, I will carry on.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann I have a connection with my congresswoman, she is on the "other side of the isle than I" We chatted last Thursday, we connect to laugh at each other. We rant at each other. How fun is that?

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      Brian Leekley 

      21 months ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      "Passion and caring is what I vote for." Me, too, among other criteria, such as integrity.

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      Ann Carr 

      21 months ago from SW England

      I think you need to speak to our parliament.

      Well, that's a good enough reason, Eric! Perfectly harmless...

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann, when working on an issue or project that is confounding he knows what is coming. "Break it down buddy!" Gabriel gets it. Politics is likewise. Break her down. One step at a time without frustration. Visceral reflexive reaction is never helpful.

      Although I must admit to protesting in the streets in the 1970's. But mainly just to pick up chicks.

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      Ann Carr 

      21 months ago from SW England

      Politics and politic? Try Brexit! It is mind-blowing how much anger and dissension and unrest all the debate has caused - not Brexit itself, you notice - the debate about it. Our politicians yell at each other across the House, people in the street protest more and more violently. Yes it is a contentious issue but using contention to find a solution is mad!

      Great article, Eric, and one we should all think about carefully, in our daily lives. Let's try to come together and try to ignore our ignorant leaders.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ms. Dora, I try at least in my small home to look to the light. I can only do my small part. But I think people are starting to turn around and see.

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      Denise McGill 

      21 months ago from Fresno CA

      It is true we focus on the negative far to much and not enough of the positive, voting against rather than for. Good insights.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Voting against something rather than for something." Very insightful. But are walking backwards then? Away from, rather than toward?

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, and the dogs bark up the hill. And they always will. But our friends and I march on until and until.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Way to go Eric!!!!!

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby we did a yelling Marine type one today. Whose the King?; We don't have one.Whose the Queen? We don't have one. Whose the President? Mr. Trump. Who is the boss? Mommy. Who is your representative? Daddy!

      Politics Dierker style.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Politics, I'm sick of it. I get at least 5 requests for money daily in my email. I just wish we would get a honest person who loves this country more than money, and I will vote for him/her. In fact, I turn off the news when their views are bias. I have been known to write a little satire, I'm even tired of that. People are set and they won't change, so why bother. You do good Eric. Arguing politics is a waste of time. If we love one another, we won't want to argue.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda this might sound strange. But we engage. And then we back off and then we hug them. This is politic. Love has nor will it ever go out of fashion. More people may need it today, but I think in history not.

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      Linda Lum 

      21 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I just won't discuss politics with anyone. I know I'll never change their opinion, and they certainly won't alter mine. Why risk having a disagreement?

      I'd rather just love the people whose politics don't align with mine. They need my sympathy for being so terribly misguided.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary thank you. Here is a fun one. So my son knows who his president and governor are (Dierker requirements) He was just catching on and Obama went out and Trump in. So for about 6 months the POTUS was Obama Trump. I let it hang for a bit. Respect is the first order of business all else comes after.

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      Mary Norton 

      21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed this Eric. There's so much anger right now about politics that I stay out of it. You're right, though. It's part of life and if we choose not to get involved, we better move out. But like you, we can contribute positively.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Pamela. From 6th grade up until my first degree I always was a representative of some sort from a president to a congressman. We taught civics back in those days. I think it is now relegated to optional. I got my merit badge in scouts in civic duty. We do not need to argue, we just need to lend a hand in governance.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, we are laughing away here as my boy learns about politics. Grade school is perfect to learn about Civic responsibility. "Ask not what your school can do for you, but what you can do for your school". "I have a dream". "The greatest freedom is obedience to law". Carpus Diem. So much good to learn, who done got time for the negative?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      21 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You certainly covered the topic of politics in a very interesting way. I enjoyed reading the different definitions and thoughts that you covered.

      I hate to talk about politics as everyone has such strong opinions anymore. It seems everything has to be black or white with no room for gray. Anyway, even if someone has a different opinion we need to get along and accept each other. A little love would help I think. very good thought-provoking article, Eric.

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      Lori Colbo 

      21 months ago from United States

      This was full of thought-provoking fodder. One thing that jumped out at me is that we need to have fear management classes. Fear drives so many issues and fear-mongering from people in power, not to mention hate. I also think you are right about people making politics about opinion. I think it is more about decision, many of them poor ones. I would disagree strongly that our national and state leaders are doing a great job. Our country is still the best country in the world, but it is fraught with debt in the trillions and has been for years. There is greed, scandal, corruption, and hate. Despite that, I know there are some good people who really care and are doing their best. I'll be danged if I'll argue someone about it though. If I went off on everyone who opposed my views I would have few friends. If there was a flood and I had a rowboat I would not stop to ask their political and religious convictions. I'd give them a hand and pull them into the boat. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill when you have answers write me a handwritten note. I will pin it to my wall.

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      White man speak great truth, me thinks, but then I'm a white man too, so maybe I'm just agreeing because of skin color...it's all so complicated, my friend. Until I figure it out, I figure I'll just love everyone. That will have to do for awhile.

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