Michael Bastos

Don't replace the personal with the political

Don't replace the personal with the political

As humans, we have an innate desire to be informed about what is happening in the world around us. We want to know about current events, social issues, and political developments, often to the point of obsession. But why do we invest so much time and energy in these things?

Perhaps it’s because we want to stay up to date on what’s going on in the world, or because we feel a sense of responsibility to be informed and engaged citizens. But there may be a more insidious reason: we might be using the news and politics as a distraction from other, more private concerns.

When we get caught up in the endless cycle of political news and debate, we may be avoiding confronting disorganization and tyranny in our own lives. We may not want to face our own individual challenges and responsibilities, so we bury ourselves in the news instead of, say, cleaning our own room.

The danger of this approach is that it can lead to a sort of myopia, where we become so focused on the abstract political issues that we lose sight of what is happening in our own lives. We become disconnected from our own personal growth and development, which can have long-term consequences.

However, there is a balance to be struck. While it’s important to be aware of what’s happening in the world, we must not let that distract us from our own lives. We should avoid replacing the personal with the political, and instead, focus on our own development while also paying attention to political issues.

In other words, we need to find a way to balance our interest in politics and current events with our own self-improvement and advancement. This means making time for self-reflection, working on specific goals, and taking care of ourselves and our families. Only by maintaining this balance can we truly be informed and engaged citizens while also living fulfilling, meaningful lives.

So, the next time you find yourself getting lost in the news or political debates, take a step back and consider what’s really motivating you. Are you avoiding something else in your life that needs attention? Are you neglecting your own individual progress and maturation? Remember that while it’s important to be informed and engaged, there is a place for self-discovery and self-realization in our lives, too.

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