Upon another running through of NBC’s The West Wing, I got exactly what I was going for: a renewed sense of civility. Ironic that it came from a source of fiction, albeit realistic enough. The tones of doing what is right and trying to be upstanding in the face of lesser attitudes reinstalled into me where true political success comes from: the practice of these virtues.
Social media has stooped to such a low point in the gallows that it continually affects my outlook on other parts of life. I think it’s smart to always see what other sides who differ from your exact opinion, even educate yourself as to how they got there and really use all your empathy to understand their point of view. But in doing this, I can’t be that dark knight and swash-buckle every annoyingly incorrect pirate that chooses to pop up, trying to squash those who I know to be on the higher road. So it’s time for a change.
I will not be engaging with those who purport to be treasonous to this United States of America that I love, and that I know has so much more governing potential than what it being utilized at the present. The small people. The racists. The xenophobes. Even the people who seem to spend more time trying to “Make America Great Again” than being a part of their own families. It’s gotten to the point of consistent nausea, and I fear could eventually turn be personally cancerous.
Political opinions will reign perennially over all those who want true justice and actual democracy, but they will be more well thought-through, and I will attempt to take the higher road when possible. This country is going through such turmoil at the moment. The arguments over what are even the facts are simultaneously astounding, heartbreaking, and angering. Instant gratification from getting in on the fight is only momentarily pleasing, and ends up being truly detrimental to being productive where I want to be in my busy day. I can do better. We can do better. So let’s get on with it.