There are certain facts and happenings in the world that should be the center and launching point of all politics in my opinion. These facts present us with issues that need dealt with, for which we all have differing opinions.
The issues and problems that need to be solved are what is represented by the Blue Pen. The pen is blue. Let’s debate what to write with the blue pen.
This, in my view, is how politics should work. But, alas, it doesn’t work this way.
Examples of Blue Pens
1. Global warming, climate change, or global wierding, whichever you would like to call it, is happening. It is happening because of what we’re doing.
2. Vaccinating children is necessary to prevent life threatening diseases. Vaccination does not cause autism.
3. Humans have evolved from lower life forms over millions of years.
4. Making abortion illegal causes more harm to women and does not decrease the incidence of abortion. Creating legislation that makes abortions harder to obtain has a similar effect. This is a historical fact.
5. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and transexuals are people, too. Their orientation is just that. It wasn’t a choice. They deserve equal rights and freedoms as everyone else.
Why I Try Not to Pay Attention to Politics Anymore
Given all those blue pens above, we aren’t discussing what to write with the blue pens. Instead, we’re trying to convince all of you that the pen is actually blue. This has become a huge waste of my time.
In several cases, 40-50% of Americans don’t think the pen is blue. That just means 40-50% of Americans have been misled, have been lied to, have eaten a big piece of bullshit pie, or are just plain stupid. The pen is blue. The GOD DAMN PEN IS BLUE!
So, I try my best to smile, get on with my day, and ignore the fact that a large portion of you think a blue pen is some other color than what it actually is.
My hobbies include cycling, running, playing guitar, coffee roasting, reading, traveling, and problem solving. I have also earned a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I obviously like to write, too, and want to share some of my experiences and knowledge with the world.
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One thought on “The Pen is Blue. Or, Why I Try Not to Pay Attention to Politics Anymore”
My thinking lately is that humans don't really make rational decisions, but emotional ones. We believe whatever matches up best with our other beliefs about the world and ourselves (our overall “story”). Framing human behavior this way helps me be less frustrated when others' beliefs or actions go against something I see as plain and incontrovertible. I don't think I've got it all worked out, but that's where I am right now.