OK. I admit it. The constant barrage of bad news got to me.
I started to think, “Why bother?” As a person with a natural inclination to
depression I started to slip. But then . . .
Wait—I’m getting ahead of myself. What is all this bad news
to which I refer? Well, it starts with our leaders. Clearly, they have failed
us. At this point I don’t care what party they belong to. They have failed us.
Also, we have failed ourselves. After all, we elected them.
How have they failed us? Take your pick: Climate change, foreign
interference with our elections, a president that openly commits felonies and
continues to be president, an epidemic of gun violence, a president who openly
supports violent racist groups, a trade war with China that has already ruined
the farm economy, the rich get richer and the poor go to prison, the richest
country the world has ever known has many children that go to bed hungry and
many that don’t have access to even the most basic health care, rampant fear of
anyone who is not the same as us, and—fueling everything—way more money in
politics than is conducive to free and fair elections.
Anyway, many years ago when I was initially recovering from
my depression, I vowed to never let it happen again. So, when I noticed I was
starting to slip I determined to do everything in my power to prevent it.
The first thing was to try to see things the way they really
are. Are things really that bad? I realized that question of itself was
judgmental thinking that colors my perception of reality. So, I tried some “radical
acceptance”. I made a conscious decision to release my judgmental thoughts as
soon as I noticed them. I started to feel better.
Then I realized that most of these issues were such that individual
like myself will have little impact unless I can join with others to address
the problems. I realized that as humans we are more alike than we are
different. But guess what—people joining together to address an issue—that’s
politics. Though there is much about politics I really don’t like, we are all
involved in it weather we like it or not.
So, as we enter this next political season make sure you
know what the reality of an issue is before you let it influence your vote.
Because, guess what: politicians lie. When one says something, look for hidden
motives. Many politicians will tell you what you want to hear just so they can get
the power to change some other issue. Also, remember that it has been proven
that Russian Intelligence interfered with our last election in large part by
misinformation. We used to call that propaganda. If you see or hear something
about a candidate that shocks or disgusts you, do a reality check. That information
could have originated in Moscow or St. Petersburg and not in reality.
That’s probably enough for now. It’s good to get that off my
chest. I feel better all ready.