Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Everything is Politics

In recent months I have come to a realization.  The world is way too politically oriented.

As a society, we have made some bad decisions because of expansion: monoculture, factory farming, factory food.  We have thrown away the basic knowledge of the land and biology.  This is not saying that science can't help, but it has to be hand in hand with the natural order of things that worked consistently before we started mucking with it. On top of all that, you have to worry about whose politics you are stepping on when you start talking about actual issues.  Okay, who cares why the world is getting warmer, it is, ever so slightly, but things are changing.  Let’s take the knowledge and start to adapt.  Let’s make informed decisions and move on; stop arguing about what caused it. 

We look to the government to fix….everything.  Somehow we think these individuals who do not spend their days in the dirt are going to completely understand what it means to spend your days in the dirt.  They don’t and government never will.  We live in an age where you can say something in the morning and the entire world has read it by lunchtime.  The government cannot help you.  You can help you.  You and the guy down the road who is dealing with the same problem and the community two towns over.  The government is always going to make bad decisions.  It is bad at healthcare, farming, nutrition, road maintenance, building things, etc.  Those things are our responsibilities.  It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to.  It doesn’t matter who you voted for in the last election.  What matters is that these things get done.  We, as a society, need to stop waiting around for someone to do everything for us.  We let some stranger grow and often cook our food.  We let some stranger tell us how to heal our bodies.  We let some stranger dictate how to feed our poor.  We give away all of our power to some stranger and then rail at the “way things are”.

I wish we could knock down the toppling tower that we have built and start over, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.  We live in a world where everything is about politics from bees, to marriage, to your MRI results.  The actuality of life is being overlooked because it is not politically viable.  The way we grow and eat food as a society, doesn’t work.  It isn’t about your waistline, it is about the life cycle of a plant that we have forgotten.  The way we go to the doctor doesn’t work.  It isn’t about your insurance, it is about the amazing world of human anatomy that we are just now scientifically proving but that in-tune people have always intuitively known.  Take a minute to look at the life around you.  Take a minute to see what problems you can fix, what mess you can clean up, and do it.  If we all clean up after ourselves, the world will be just fine.

Thank you for reading,
Sarah McTernen

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