Insecurity – The Driver of Spite and Anger, Acceptance – The Driver of Joy (Framed Within Politics)

Think of times you get angry.  What is your mental state? How do you react and why?

Insecurity is a driver of anger.  Has someone disapproved of your behavior? Do you feel inferior or jealous of another’s success? Do you need to keep up with the Jones’ with your house or toys? Have you ever put a lot of work into something and it been for naught or disapproved of? Work and hope later denied can drive one mad.

How about if you have a weight problem? How do gyms and beech body fitness make you feel? Or someone confronting you on alcohol or drug abuse? How about someone that is good at something, knows it, but is boastful and arrogant about it?  We are much more attracted to self deprecating behavior.

In an argument what is really happening? Somebody has put you down and now you need to think of the meanest thing possible to put them down.  To protect your pride through reciprocating spite.

How about if you are worried of a vulnerability of yours.  You did something wrong.  You have a handicap, a weakness but are accepted nonetheless.  It will give you some joy.

What if you put a lot of work into something?  Some real creative thinking and/or work that you aren’t copying anyone else and put something out there and it is approved of…. now you have joy squared.  If you learn to accept who you are and not worry about comparisons you will live a happier life.

How about in politics?  Our two-party system is largely a continuing argument driven by insecurity over change and resources to address causes. If someone tells you tax dollars are wasted, how do you feel? Do you instantly believe them?   What if a politician tells you a behavior needs changed, more tax dollars needed, we need to be diplomatic to a perceived enemy, we need to give resources to help another outside our borders? Insecurity all over the place.

What if in the same way we accept ourselves we accept our government? We give hope to those in need and the goodwill spending the government performs. We understand that the more mentally engaged and proactive our politicians are the more efficient things will run.  We accept that humans are flawed including those in our government and when things go wrong, we fix them and move forward as opposed to find the most convenient scapegoat…. now we find harmony.

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Thinking for Ourselves – First Principles Thinking

Human beings are great copiers.  We can see how society is setup, what the roles are, and aspire to be one of the roles.  There is nothing wrong with that, but society is moved forward by thinking differently.  To present a new idea, especially to a group that works in your topic requires vulnerability, brainwork, and courage.

Aristotle first came up with the idea of first principles as “the first basis from which a thing is known” to slice through poor analogies and false logic in something complex. 

Engineering / Making Things – How and why does this work? What can I create based on what I know? What technology is relevant to what I want to do?

People/Philosophy/Society/Politics/Story Telling/Art – How do I feel? What drives me? Why do I do things? What do I observe in those close to me? How do I feel about an emotional story like a book or movie?  Why are others attracted to a story where the protagonist faces fear and performs work for a dream? What feelings prevent me from doing the things I want to do?

Economy – An economy is a way to trade services between eachother.  There are many ways to setup an economy.  People don’t like change but if you want to think of the system what do you know is true? Over time productivity gradually increases from hard work by all. How is this increased wealth spread?  If the government pulls a lever what will happen?  Break down competition to its essence…ambition, livelihood, security with low friction on change. 

Cooking – What are these ingredients and cooking methods? What do they do? What can I create?  If I add this what happens?  If I change this what happens? How can I apply heat in different ways? What is the result?

Child rearing – How does a child think? What do you observe? What is your experience?  What do you want this child to learn?  How do we instill values in children? What kind of culture is needed? How do the needs of children differ?

There are endless opinions out there, but you don’t have to read them all or learn everything about society and its history to form opinions.  Just observe and think about the specific thing you are interested in.  If you present an idea and its proven wrong, now you know it’s wrong.

“Don’t just follow the trend.  You may have heard me say that it’s good to think in terms of the physics approach of first principles.  Which is, rather than reasoning by analogy, you boil things down to the most fundamental truths you can imagine and you reason up from there.”

-Elon Musk

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Supporting Brainwork and Problem Solving

There are many types of work.  From repetitive tasks, to manual labor, to homework, learning new skills, spending time, spending money.  Humans were actually made to work.  To do work towards a purpose makes us happy.  That can be making a meal, caring for someone, working for a paycheck, building something, growing something.  We build careers and gain status the longer we are in something and eventually can become experts at the field we are in.  Many video games are built in the same way, to have the user gain status throughout the game in some way, shape, or form.  We enjoy mental stimulation, like games, puzzles or giving advice on a situation we understand. 

One type of work that we generally don’t like is problems, complications, going back to school.  This is a different part of the brain and in business the most desirable people are those that can solve your problems for you.  Mechanics, consultants, problem solvers will be paid better than those that do repetitive tasks.  In politics and in life there are problems and there is a desire in us to make them go away.  We have to use our hearts and brains to go about that the right way rather than immediately chose the one with least effort.

 “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Thinking is hard work; that’s why so few do it.”

-Albert Einstein

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”

-Henry Ford

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We Aspire to be a Good People

There is one fundamental truth about politics of which without there would be no point in fighting the good fight.

We are happiest in a society that cares, that is selfless, works together to solve problems, that stands for principles, and where the collective comes before the individual.

We honor those that put their own lives at risk for the greater good and our favorite stories are individuals overcoming adversity for a cause greater than themselves.

When we see others work hard for something, we root for them to achieve it, and we relish sharing in the joy of others.  Our holidays celebrate joy, sharing, and standing for what is right.

Working toward a purpose can be incredibly rewarding… to build something, take care of someone, do something good for the environment.  Companies often sell potential employees that their mission has meaning to it and their work will be rewarding.  Having soulful entities in our life is very important like a mother or father or teacher that shows love and encourages us to be a good person, a church, or school/graduation.

In our favorite movies the protagonist is generally trying to do the right thing, perhaps for something bigger than themselves in the face of some fear that requires some great effort.

When we accept that we aspire to be a good people, we begin to understand that moving mountains can just be a matter of messaging and energy.

It is vital to remind ourselves that we and those around us aspire to be a good and just people, for in that environment our aspirations and standards are at their highest.

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Standing for Thought

This work has been written to help create a picture of our politics in hope that we can understand ourselves better and create a better world.  It is my belief getting ourselves to try, to put in brainwork, accept vulnerability and accountability, over the convenient, rebellious, and prideful response is key to creating a great society.  This occurs in families, at school, in work, and it occurs at the top of our politics as well.  We have to protect that process.  Relationship improvement among humans is often from trying to bring the subconscious into the conscious, which takes work. Our politics isn’t so different and this writing follows that path.

It can be very hard to go from issue to issue and advocate hope or necessary change and prove it in something unknown like foreign policy, taxes, changes to healthcare, goodwill spending to those in need, or climate action.  It is often easier to talk about motivation like compassion, goodwill, brainwork, a value system or soul, and the converse….pride, insecurity, convenience, and fear.  Even if your heart is on a specific cause, you may have to talk though human emotion and motives to generate a proper argument.

This work isn’t so much going to focus on current events or people but will focus on general political philosophy and patterns, economic and budgeting patterns in the United States, and some discussion of political topics relevant to today.

As imperfect as the human mind and our politics is, our political discussions drive the soul of the country and humanity.  Our ability to make arguments, paint pictures, and stand up to those that will forsake our values drives who we are. 

Being disagreeable and taking on spite is a needed and natural part of that process.  You can live a safe life being agreeable and conforming your beliefs to wherever inertia goes in your group, but at what cost?

I can’t say I live a life worthy of the ideals laid out here but as imperfect people we have to strive for the best version of ourselves when it comes to our government and what we aspire to be as a collective group. 

My intent is to blog biweekly to start and then weekly until the ideas I’ve prepared have run their course.