What politics teaches us about life

Having leaped somewhat into the world of politics last week and not getting blasted for doing so, I think I’m going to continue with that approach for awhile because the world of politics gives us a clear lens to look through in understanding why the world is the way it is and, indeed, why life is the way it is.

If you’ve been following what’s been going on with all the candidates vying to be their party’s nominee for the presidential election next year, and it’s hard not to, at least for me, you will immediately notice something about most of them. That is, they have a solution for all, if not most, of our challenges. Some of them are willing to clearly set them forth, while others hedge their bet because they don’t want to offend anyone.

Putting that last comment aside for the moment, where I’m going with this is that each person’s solution to our challenges is never “a” solution, it is always “the” solution. But on careful scrutiny, you become clear that it is different from the other candidate’s solutions. Of course, their solution is also “the” solution.

Now what drives all of this is our fundamental need to “be right.” Everyone seems to think they are right about whatever they think. And it’s not only that they are right, they are righteous about their point of view. When you realize how true this is, you begin to understand why we never seem to get anything done in this country.

Seriously, the Democratic view of how to deal with some of our challenges is diametrically opposed to the Republican view. And while there is talk about finding common ground, getting along, and compromising, nobody seems to be willing to do that to the slightest degree. That’s why the vast majority of people in the USA are so frustrated with government. Nothing is getting done. And it’s all because today, more than ever, so it seems, everyone wants to be right.

Here’s the bottom line: as I’ve said before, life is always a choice between listening to the voice of harmony, peace, joy, oneness, cooperation, and happiness or the ego’s voice of conflict, fear, separation, anger, and hostility. What this often boils down to is: would you rather be right or happy? Unfortunately, most people think the way you get to be happy is to be right. It doesn’t work that way. Those choices are mutually exclusive. When you choose to be right, the possibility of being happy is forfeited. And it’s exactly because of the candidates choice to be right that all of us are so unhappy.

So leaving the political arena for a moment, what about you? What are you choosing? I can almost promise you that in every area of your life where you are not happy, it’s because you are choosing to be right. If that is the case, I invite you to choose again. 

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