29 Apr 2017 12:41:
What has got me through life is the total and positive abolition of personal expectation. Once you train yourself to accept that you will almost never be disappointed.
Society creates subliminal Incentives for people to believe in politics or religion which is often the same thing. Belief systems will usually eventually lead to levels of disillusionment and even betrayal. Removing the expectation from any of these systems of belief leads to empowerment..
Politics is about the art of achieving the possible, not the impossible as many would have you believe. Religion is about putting your faith into an abstract idea rather than simply believing in yourself. Philosophy is about understanding the nature of reality which I would argue is more rewarding and less likely to disappoint.
Elections are a prime example of this creation of expectation. Hope that society will be made better and more agreeable is writ large. Many of us know full well in our hearts that it will actually change nothing. It matters not who wins elections unless of course they are extremists. In western democracies that’s unlikely to happen.
Yet people still engage in the process, still carry that unrealistic expectation their vote will make a difference. Equally disappointment looms round the corner.
In my opinion Mrs May called this election in a cynical opportunist move to see off UKIP, SNP and Labour and consolidate her personal power over the party. She and the Conservative may well achieve that for a while and enjoy absolute power with a large majority. Will that make any difference to Britain? Well history indicates when that situation arose before under Thatcher civil strife and resentment resulted. Sentiments still felt to this day in many working class communities. Some of you might believe that is no bad thing or that history won't repeat itself this time. Woops there's that hope thingy again.
Someone once said the definition of madness is doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result each time. Politics and elections it seems to me are very similar.
This message was last edited by Mickyfinn on 29/04/2017.
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