If politics may be broadly defined as “the way we are with each other” then anything that affects the way we connect with each other is political. —Phyllis Jane Rose—
There’s a word for someone who is democratic with strangers and despotic with intimates, and the word is hypocrite. One of the important lessons of our
time is that the personal is political. Our behavior reveals our true beliefs and what we truly are.
“Politics” may sound like too heavy a word for our behavior with our families, lovers, friends, and co-workers. Yet it’s accurate. If we oppress or manipulate
those who are close to us, bribing or threatening instead of asking honestly and negotiating for what we want, then it doesn’t matter what we say, or how we vote. Our weakness and lack of maturity reveal us to be unstable.
Our politics is our lives: how we connect with one another, how we use resources, even how we think about things. How we deal with the smallest details is how we really are, and others are apt to deal with us in kind. If we’re abusive or insincere, We’re going to encounter abuse and insincerity. Let’s bring our behavior into agreement with our beliefs.
Today I’ll tune in to my political broadcast and make sure it reflects my platform.