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I've tried, but I just can't bring myself to care.
When I was at primary school, from about the age of 8 onwards, we get a test on the weekend's events every Monday. If we did badly, my teacher would go mental, telling us we should be paying attention to current affairs by now, etc (and God forbid you were a boy and got a sports question wrong...). But 13 years later, I still don't give a fuck. Good times.
politics is shit. Mostly dead boring, uninspiring. Plus middle class guilt now makes it hard for me to think I sincerely care about the welfare of the impoverished or downbeat, so that's out the window.
this fucking country is awful. Don't contribute to the apathy
I care. But I think its so that I know what to complain about.
i feel a little bad about that, but like hollywood_freak said, it doesn't affect me too much, so I find it hard to care or pay attention. when it comes to overarching political 'issues' and ideals though, i'm a bit more invested. it's interesting to discuss, in any case.
You've never watched 8 Out of 10 Cats? They have a round at the beginning: "What's everyone talking about this week?" That's how I find out what's going on in the world. Apparently there was an earthquake in America and a bank collapsed or something.
ive got a politics degree so feel guilty, like i should be on the cutting edge of all the current affairs...ins and outs of all the stories etc etc blah blah... but i can't be bothered....but the big stuff still gets me cooking
flat the other day had some swp fresher's leaflet on why YOU MUST BE A SOCIALIST. she said she totally like had better things to do.
this possibly sums up the opinions of most people.
also, i fucking hate yahs.
because I'm not saying this in a provocative way, but I don't see how anyone could not take an interest. It's so important in so many ways to things that affect you every day. Pretty concerning response to this thread so far, I think.
Not caring about politics is like allowing yourself to bitch and pimp slapped, rimmed, have your salad tossed, and body slammed into a skip without being remotely curious about what just happened.
if you just simply take an interest in politics you're not actually changing anything, unless you are directly involved. I could waste a lot of my time thinking about something that I have no interest in whatsoever, or I could just get on with my life and accept that there are things outside of my control. I'm not about to start a politically motivated campaign or anything after all, so I don't need to take an interest, it's not necessary.
that none of what you've just said is accurate. The only reason one person's vote makes no difference is because for every one person who cares and takes and interest, there seem to be another ten who live in land of make believe where politics doesn't affect any of the multiple facets of their lives.
Start caring, for the sake of your country. Then when we end up fighting a war, or you end not being able to find a job, or having to pay over the odds for substandard healthcare, you can at least say, 'hey, I tried my best to stop this'
I understand that I've not got the right to.
Although war is just wrong on any level, nothing to do with the politics involved.
if I was getting shafted by the government, I'd want to at least have some comfort in thinking that I tried to get someone else into power. The amount of decisions made that have a direct effect on your life is so surprising. My new job involves me going through the hansard every day, and the amount of 'genuinely would affect me and people I know' legislation is huge.
in order to make myself feel that I'm contributing? When in reality as you say, there are far too many people that don't vote. Just make voting compulsory, it's probably the only way.
is ultimately up to you. Give yourself up to apathy if you really want. Just don't kid yourself that you couldn't have got involved or that you can justify your lack of involvement on any legitimate grounds.
love daniel kelly
how many women that argument hasn't worked on
a hard bunch to please
because he was actually a replicon from the the planet Rigil 7
The beauty of a good conspiracy theory is that they operate so drastically outside of the boundaries of reality and rely so heavily on abstract suspicion that is nigh on impossible for me to say anything against it wihtout you simply questioning the 'proof' behind whatever I say.
All I will say is that I have absolutely no reason to doubt that elections directly and usually completely influence who comes to power, and their policies and stances influence whether or not they win elections.
Although can I qualify that with *elections in this country
not very interesting, is it? To me, it just looks like a load of old men talking about boring stuff.
see, its working they've already shunted you into a bucket that they understand, you will now be prime material to kind of go along with one of a few general trends.
You're easier to manage now
Then I didn't care for a while and now my levels of care are about average
I'll spend several hours a day happily reading a glut of political news sites and blogs from around the world, of all shades of the political spectrum.
It's definitely unusual amongst people under 30, I'd say.
I think i used to do that for a bit, but then found that if you think lots and lots about stuff, then when you read 'new' political ideas, then you find that you've already thought it.
I think that you should mix what you're doing with setting aside some of the time that you do reading to actually thinking freely about issues raised, of course you might already do that....sorry just concerned that you dont overdose on one thing to the detriment of the other.
Oh another danger is that unless you learn a lot about the world from other viewpoints (other than the political) then you run the risk of becoming JUST politicised where you can debate and theoretically understand issues (but only understand the issues to the degree that they are already versed in....i.e. you would not be able to see solutions or real problems that defy how the issue is politically defined (sometimes political and analytical definitions of subjects are incomplee, inaccurate or unbalanced)