How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t do politics!”? Where does this come from? What do they think politics are? People arguing and griping about societal problems? Too much money and too much ego? Businesses lining the pockets of ‘our’ representatives to manifest their clandestine agendas?
The definition of politics is “the science or art of political government; the practice or profession of conducting political affairs. An associated idiom is the term “playing politics, which is to engage in political intrigue, take advantage of a political situation or issue, resort to partisan politics, etc.; exploit a political systemor political relationships; to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement” [dictionary.com].
Politics operates on sets of rules and laws that govern the exchange of facts and opinions based on the agendas of the people who choose representatives to advocate their principles in how they want to live and exist in their communities. Now, when you get up and get in your car to drive to the market, politics are involved. Laws were crafted to ensure the safety of your vehicle, the purity of the gas that fuels your car and the rules of the road that you drive by to get to your destination.
When you get to the market and shop for food, politics are involved. The food you buy has to be inspected for quality; the price of the food is determined by the supply and demand and the person who checks you out at the register has a set wage determined by collective bargaining for the time they spend in checking you out.
Business and people are the constituents of politics. You cannot escape it. It is a part of your life and to deny it reveals that you are either totally uninformed or you are completely selfish. Politics determines the rules of our lives and to ignore the process by which we live and breathe in society is foolish at best.
We have been given the Divine gifts of free will,grace and Divine love in order to exist in our environments. Are we thankful for these gifts? Do we stand up proud and say, “I don’t do politics!” and then complain about how things are? Or do we realize that the world around us is an amalgam of souls living and breathing with each other and seeking to understand the ‘grand scheme’ of things.
Our interactions with people in our societies are all played by the rules of politics. To deny that is to live in an imaginary world where you are the monarch of your life and everyone else is a serf for your selfish pleasure. Get off of your self-imposed high horse and get down in the dirt with the rest of us to balance the science of politics with the art of politics. Be diligent in knowing the world in which we live and affecting positive change.
How do we do this? By committing service to our communities with the talents, skills and abilities that the Divine has imparted to us. Say this instead; “I do politics and I refuse to let politics do me!” Affect your world with the Divine blessings you have been given and share those gifts with all of us. Retreat to your closet and commune with the Divine and get out into your communities to help others. Otherwise, politics will ‘do’ you and make changes in your life that you might not like or endorse.
Participate in life by affecting the political discourse with truth, honesty and transparency. After all, what you put out you will get back. If you don’t ‘do’ politics, it will surely ‘do’ you! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)