This year in the USA it is a plague.
Even those who still believe in the system have to be shaking their heads. As someone who long ago ceased to believe that there were any candidates for top office in government who were going to be even vaguely interested in carrying out the "will of the people", I have long awaited this disillusionment. How ridiculous does it have to get before people realize that the candidates are put forward as actors in a play - to give the public the feeling that they have some control in what is going on. It is a game. But as one of the public, you have no opportunity to play in it. You are a cheerleader in the game at best, a spectator but not a stakeholder and you do not have a voice. At least not as a single individual. If you want to have a voice you need two things: numbers and money. Pressure groups have a voice. Corporations have a voice.
When people ask "Who do you want to win the election?" My answer is that it doesn't matter. Whichever candidate wins, the agenda of those who contributed to their campaign will be followed, Or if you are a conspiracy theorist, you might say that those behind the scenes will set the agenda and the elected candidate will carry it out. In any event, the needs of the few seem to be served, while the needs of the many are simply not important.
So what can we do?
- Work together - we have numbers but we are divided. If we were able to unite as a common unit for the good of humanity, we would be able to make useful changes.
- Help each other - others are not the enemy. Help your neighbours, Pay it forward for people. Be kind and build others up.
- Research and find out the truth - don't believe what media is telling you. Take the opportunity to use the internet and research for yourself. Look at all the information and decide what your own heart and mind tell you to believe. Make informed decisions.
- Become more independent of the system - maybe you can't immediately go off grid but you can plant a garden, even if it is in containers. Work on one thing at a time but make some progress.
I always figure if I don't have control about something, I am not going to bother worrying about it, nor will I let it distract me from what I believe to be my path.
Trump? Clinton? When someone asks you which one? Don't even dignify the question. Humm the tune from the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz or some other inane music, smile, and nod.
Yup! Or as they say in my native Ontario. "Have a day!"