I read very little concerning politics nowadays. I gloss over anything political, UK-wise, when reading a daily tabloid (if ever the occasion arises!) and I get my American dose, here, of all places....
Don't think 'Politicians'.
Think 'Hungry Ghosts'....
I find that utterly pretentious. Sorry.
Good on you @Kerome.
I have thought along similar lines a bit over the last few years.
But my latest idea is that if I keep working in the (relatively) high paying IT job I have now I cann save more money so retire earlier to spend the rest of my life focusing on my practice for the benefit of all beings.
I found it weird that that came up today, and is listed with all the trans ban news, but is such a different thing. The headline led me to believe they were related, but they aren't. Not saying I agree with the DoJ conclusion whatsoever, but just found it odd placement in the news I read because it was/is a lawsuit for a man who was fired for being gay and he sued. He died in an accident before the lawsuit went through, so others are now continuing it. I can't believe we still haven't moved to put orientation as a protected class. We don't choose it just like we don't choose our sex, race, disabilities or anything else that is protected. I can't believe our federal laws still allow discrimination at all, and that their argument is "it's legal to discriminate." They sound utterly ridiculous making that argument. The only reason anyone should be fired is for breaking employer policies and/or not performing their job properly. Who you are should NEVER be grounds for losing your job. I can't believe we are still arguing this. If Obama was still president, we wouldn't be. Sigh.
I try to keep my political involvement to a local level, where I can actually make a difference and have conversations with the right people. On a higher level, I'll make calls or send emails about particular things, but my senators and reps mostly already represent all the things that are important to me so there isn't much work to be done there other than telling them I support them. Al Franken is one of my senators, so he's pretty busy taking the republicans to task,
But being more involved on a local level has been helpful to understand politics better in general and gives me a sense of being able to help without just feeling angry and helpless. Small town politics is a whole 'nother animal all together though.
@Kerome I line up closest with the Green party, but here they have gone a bit too far down the anti-science approach in the medical arena for me. Suggesting government health care pay for aromatherapy and crystal therapy and suggesting vaccines are evil for example. I wish they would come around on that stuff because then they'd be ideal for me. It was a really hard decision this year to stick with my heart or go with an attempt to keep Trump out at all costs. Failed at both anyways, lol.
Several people have suggested his transgender military ban is a...what's the term. That it's a distraction from something else he's up to and that we have to stay focused on what goes on behind the scenes. How? We don't even know what's going on ON the scene. Like I told a friend, it's like watching a 100 car pileup and trying to figure out which car caused it by looking at the carnage. You can't find anything to focus on because Trump and our entire government is a disaster right now. No one knows which way to look and I'm sure that is how they prefer it.
I used to enjoy cleaning, and I still enjoy the end result. But not the process because my time is spent cleaning up after others who have no care or respect for the fact I am stuck with their messes because I am the only one who cares. If I lived alone, I suspect I would enjoy it much more as I wouldn't be picking up dirty socks from the kitchen table or bread crust from between the couch cushions, lol.
It could depend how far they go into the 4NT, afterall, they hold the entirety of Buddhism within them. Everything Buddhism is, is a way to explain the depths of the 4NT.
Best to give politics a wide berth I've found.
Best to give politics a wide berth I've found.
I do consider it a responsibility to vote, but I vote with my heart. Recently I've been voting Greens, they try to do the right thing for the environment and the people and are not in the pockets of big business.
Apart from that, I try not to spend too much time on politics. It tends to move you away from the personal focus of the dharma, getting you out into the world and the marketplace. It also encourages you to make judgments and attach to opinions, stirs up emotions and encourages conflicts.
It's a good opportunity for practice, but i would not get too involved until I was already clear on what I needed to let go of.