Political Exhaustion

As an older millennial, it took me quite a long time to develop an interest in politics. I’m no expert, and I certainly don’t keep up with nearly as much as I probably should, but I try to stay on top of major developments so I’m at least aware of the broad stroke things that are going on at any given point in time. My interests in the field tend toward a more philosophical point of view, not really caring much about individual issues as much as how an issue should be viewed through the lens of what America is supposed to be. I could never have the patience to dive headfirst into the endless see of political topics.

One of the things I’ve started to realize lately is that I’m getting quite tired of anything related to politics. If you happen to follow my blog, you may have noticed I haven’t written a strictly political post in quite a while. This isn’t because I don’t care about politics anymore, but because the politics of today have become so ridiculous that I can’t take it seriously enough to summon the will to write about it. I look at our country today and it’s hard to decide whether I should be laughing or holding my head in my hands in depression. It’s surreal what’s going on in America today.

The hard part about all of this is not feeling exhausted by it all. We see all these people doing things that just don’t make any sense, but they keep on doing it because they think it’s going to convince us that they’re important. I’m not sure why they think this, and the only rational answer is that enough people respond to it that it props up this fake view of the world that they’ve created for themselves. When you see a large group of people with a favorable attitude to your antics, you can easily convince yourself that what you’re doing has value.

On the other side of the coin, however, it seems like we’ve reached this point because the majority of people who think these things are stupid don’t have the time or energy to speak up about it. Like a juggernaut, these crazy ideologies that are nearly the polar opposite of what most of us believe in have slowly gained speed and mass and have so much inertia that stopping it will cost so much more than any of us really want to pay. What we don’t realize is the cost is there whether we want it or not. We either fight back or spend the rest of our lives in submission to insanity.

It’s difficult for the average person to pay attention to politics. With bills and housing and food and gas taking up so much of our focus, having anything extra to watch out for crazy political agendas just isn’t viable. The crazies know this, and they have tons of free time on their hands to think about it and take advantage of those of us who have our attention fixed on just making it through the day.

We like to use the phrase “survival of the fittest”, but we don’t truly understand what it really means. It’s nice to think that the best person for a given condition is the one who will come out on top, but the reality is that it’s the person who takes the best advantage of a situation that is going to win in the end. You can be the biggest, strongest, most noble person in your community, but if someone further down the totem pole figures out a way to bring you down then you lose just like anyone else.

The American dream has been described as a place where anyone can come and find their success, but we are no more immune to the true meaning of “survival of the fittest” than anyone else, and our politics reflect this. Few people get into government with the intention of actually helping anyone. It is a stepping stone to expanding their network so they can gain access to bigger and better opportunities. Some might actually care along the way, but it’s hard to care about people you don’t know. And of course money and power are quite intoxicating.

I think that most of us are suffering from political exhaustion after so many years of “woke” culture and ultra-liberal agendas and the price of everything slowly choking us to death. Many people just have no hope left for the future of our country, and are ready to just break away from those people who insist on forcing their way of life on us. Who can say if this is right or wrong, but I can totally understand.

I’m just as exhausted.

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