F**k (talking about) politics.

You can bicker if you want to, just leave me out of it.

The man who was elected back in November — whose name I won’t write because it might leave an indelible stain — is about to be inaugurated as President of the United States. This isn’t a blurb on why he was elected, or how it could have happened, or anything like that; it’s a blurb about the seemingly endless arguments that have arisen as a result.

I’m not talking about arguments about the man’s character. He’s a 70-year-old white man; he’s set in his ways and won’t change for anyone. We all know that he is a deplorable human being unfit for any sort of office, let alone public. Those points have been exhausted to death, and as true as they are, he’s still set to be president in 9 days (as of this writing).

I’m talking about the arguments that everyone is making on both sides. You have people who are against him pointing out the kind of people who got him in; you have his supporters talking about his potential to be the greatest president ever. Unfortunately, those arguments are being made in such a way that the chasm between those for and against is getting wider and wider.

And it’s not helping us as a society.

I am at the point where I no longer want to get into any discussions about politics, let alone the kind that He Who Must Not Be Named touts. Political arguments abound on Facebook, and the general theme is the same: either an echo chamber of negativity (or positivity, too), or a back-and-forth discussion where, ultimately, nothing is solved. Now, don’t get me wrong: some of these discussions need to happen, but what’s lacking from these discussions is the mutual respect that we MUST have for one another, even in the face of differing views. Just because someone doesn’t believe in the same political party as you do, it doesn’t mean that anything they post against your party system is directed personally at YOU. I think that’s what we’ve forgotten about in this climate. We are very quick to forget that ultimately, we’re all in the same boat no matter who is in power; whether or not we get ‘screwed’ depends on your frame of reference.

I’ve chosen instead to keep an eye on the political climate both in the States and in Canada, where I live. I hold my own views on government and politics, and I tend to stick to them unless there’s new information that could potentially change those views. But I am pledging to myself — for my own sanity, among other things — to not needlessly argue over them. Because at the end of the day, here’s what happens:

  • the person i’m arguing against isn’t going to be turned
  • i’m going to feel a sense of self-loathing for allowing myself to be given to their whims
  • they’re going to feel as if they’ve won, even though it’s a stalemate
  • we’re both going to return to our own views anyway

The next four years down south are going to be very interesting. I choose to monitor those events through a lens that sees it objectively, instead of trying to convince people why things are the way they are; I can’t force someone to see that.

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