It’s funny how

Americans are often loathe to attack someone on their own side of the political spectrum.  It makes sense on one level: If either the Democrat or Republican Party starts criticizing itself, there is potential for losing a united front and committing the greater evil of allowing the enemy to step in during the chaos.  Still, I cannot help but think that consistent re-evaluation is a positive practice.

I had a roommate at college – a conservative Christian college – who wrote an opinion piece criticizing several GOP policies.  I was the opinions editor of our student paper, and, after listening to one of her passionate political diatribes, I encouraged her to write it out for publication.  She got a few (unsurprisingly) negative replies, but the general response was more discouraging: silence.  Apathy.  It reminds me of an NYT piece I read recently.

So: people who are scared to dialogue, and people who don’t care enough to dialogue.  I don’t think a well-rounded person has to have a love for politics; a basic understanding will suffice.  But I do think that a well-rounded, thriving individual is someone who engages with the world and with the big questions.  And these questions are embedded in politics (as well as religion, philosophy, art, etc.).

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On an awesome note, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and founder, has a new fixation:  Hunting what he eats. Fair enough though; he’s worth billions – all that money gives him plenty of time to ponder the basic tenets of reality.  Where our food comes from.

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