Thursday, March 25, 2010
Who is watching out for You?
The Pacific looks calm, especially on this side of the rocks, calm and serene, living up to its name. From this corner of our world, we are happy to soak up this beauty, now and then walking down the bluff to feel the waves and the sand under our feet.
So, it is in politics.
Most of the time we sit perched above the fray, looking out at the beauty that is our life in the protected coves, where rain drips off at the corner of the shelter, where waves rumble down on the shore. We don't see any danger from this roost. We are covered up with enough layers to keep us warm and comfortable for hours on end, days in fact.
Beyond these rocks are issues we must solve with politics: fishing restrictions, habitat protection, water pollution, digging for oil, wave energy, tsunami warning, whale migration, etc...etc...
We are not out of the picture. We are in the picture but silently ignoring many things.
Political engagement is incovenient:
Politics takes time.
Politics takes understanding and researching issues.
Politics takes committment of resources.
Politics makes us stand out.
Politics makes us targets.
Politics can knock us out of the picture.
It's the same with families, actually. Most of the time, staying involved and caring for everyone is incovenient.
Families take time.
Families take understanding and information-needs and circumstances of each member.
Families take committment of resources we might have wanted for ourselves, for fun things.
Families expect us to be visible and engaged, not hidden and absent.
Families can disagree and have rancors toward their members who are not like the rest.
Families can disown us, cross us out from future dealings.
Sure, we say, this makes sense. But, aren't we paying politicians to think for us? To negotiate for us and come back to report ? They will do what is best for us!
Yes, they will, if they hear from us, if we have actually voted for them and keep up with them; if they are not beholden to those fat cats that actually supported their campaigns.
So, don't forget that you have a vote, a mind, a voice.
You have a responsibility to be informed and to make choices.