I actually like politics. Nay – love it.
In college, I was on student senate all four years. My senior year I was President.
So I LOVE debates, but although I love them – I’ve been struggling recently.
On the Myers Briggs I’m an INTJ. INTJ’s are exceptionally rare, and are most scarce among women. My most extreme trait – is thinking. My colleagues and my friends took the MBTI, and among all of them I scored the lowest percentage for ‘feeling.’ So if you want a cold, calculating, rational, objective person – I’m your gal.
On a practical level, this means that the majority of my decisions are based on thoughts and evidence, and not how I feel (although, it’s totally arguable that I just rationalize my feelings). Please note here that I’m NOT saying my way of thinking is superior to others; it isn’t. There are many valid ways to come to a decision. And this isn’t to say I never make decisions based on feelings. Two months ago I bought an inflatable donut because I just liked it; I try to allow myself 6 feelings-based decisions a year (let’s not get too crazy).
In regards to politics, this means that I’m fully capable of having a best friend that I totally disagree with on politics. And in reality – I do. One of my best friends – politically – is the complete opposite of me. I say tomato, she says tomato. But what we have in common is the fact that we enjoy debate, and can put feelings aside to engage in a thoughtful argument. I’m salivating just thinking about it.
The thing is, most people are not capable of putting their feelings aside.
And honestly – I can’t always do it. And I am scientifically the most rational person I know.
For the last few months, how people respond to politicians has seemed like a weird, hazy blur of irrationality to me.
I see what someone posts on Facebook, and all I can see is lines of hypocrisy.
Sally said: “This is just SO MEAN.”
Sally commented that: “These people are FUCKING IDIOTS.”
Jim said: “Hillary Clinton is SUCH a liar.”
Jim said: “Trump’s honesty will lead us to greatness.” (ahem… wha?…)
I’m not telling you how to vote here, because science has proven you wouldn’t listen to me anyways.
I am, however, tired of the hypocrisy. And the person I’m most tired of hearing it from – is myself.
I’m calling out Sally and Jim, but I’d be lying if I said I’d never written a scathing post or comment.
I say I’m rational. I say I’m evidence based. But when I think of why I dislike a candidate, its mostly based on a deep feeling. A deep feeling that they are X, and Y, and Z. And I don’t know what to do with that?
I want to trust these feelings. But I’ve seen how feelings play out on Facebook and in business, and usually…. It doesn’t end well. Yet here I sit – feeling pissed off.
Pissed off at the hypocrisy. Angry at people who aren’t doing what they said they would. And angry that the root of it all is a feeling, and not a thought derived from evidence. I mean – why do we even HAVE science?
|And I’m one of them.|
And at this point, I always come to the same question: “What would Jesus want from me?”
Would he want me to write a comment tearing a brother or sister apart? Probably not.
Would he want me to tie a Bible verse to a political position? Unlikely (although I’d be REALLY good at it).
Would Jesus vote for Hilary, or Trump, or Jill, or Gary? That is impossible to be known.
I don’t have every answer (who does?). But I think what Jesus would want, is for me to love my brothers and sisters. He would want me to listen to them, and share my views – as kindly as I can. He would want me to forgive errors I see and to look hard within myself to understand my own failings.
And I think – he’d want me to try to feel as much love for my brothers and sisters – especially those I disagree with – as he would have for me.
Because at the end of the day, worshipping a false idol is just wrong (Exodus 20:3).
And at the end of the day, we’re called to love each other (1 Peter 4:8).
And at the end of the day, Jesus is The King (Revelation 17:14).
I think and I feel that is true.
|So let’s just CTFO!|