Essential Knowledge Needed to Grow a Democracy – Part 21
Philosophy the Filter – Philosophy the Funnel
Whether we are aware of it, or not, we all live our lives with a philosophy. Some will call it a Code, or a Moral Code. But regardless of what we call it we have a system of how we make our decisions on an everyday basis. We are bombarded with information coming at us so fast, and in a quantity so overwhelming that if we did not have some kind of a filtering system we would likely go mad. We might be walking down a busy street with all the thousands of sounds and sights of hundreds of cars zooming by, and thousands of people passing us, yet when we go to cross the road we need to block out all those sounds and visual information to enable us to negotiate the crossing without being run over.
It is a similar fashion that we walk through the lives we live. With the wonder of our complex brain we must funnel only the most immediate information to ourselves and filter out the unimportant information to make informed decisions on just about everything we think or do. Sorting our mail is a perfect example of how our minds think. “Oh, there is a letter from Mom – I’ll keep that. A bill – I don’t like it but it has to be paid; and half a dozen fliers – filed in the recycling bin.
Information is like that. Millions of bits of information are bombarding us moment to moment, and so we have to let much of it go right past us. But if something catches our eye, or a thought is interesting, or a topic of which we enjoy come within our radar, our eyes light up, our ears perk up, our brains become active participants. Another wondrous aspect of the brain is our ability to gather out of the fragments of information patterns that make up thoughts, topics or pictures. This is why you can see sheep in clouds or faces in the bathroom floor linoleum. The wonder is this is the doorway to create, and to think out of the box.
On to politics. Life is politics. The ancient Greeks understood this principle; that is why the ancient Greeks loved politics and debating, and that is why democracy flourished under them. A good example of the contempt the first democrats felt for those who did not participate in politics can be found in the modern word ‘idiot’, which finds its origins in the ancient Greek word ἰ?ιώτης, idiō?tē?s, meaning a private person, a person who is not actively interested in politics; such characters were talked about with contempt and the word eventually acquired its modern meaning. More of their philosophy of politics comes in the belief “We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all.”
If you think that you are free of politics you merely need to think of yourself as a husband, a sister, mother or friend. Politics is the dealings of relationships. It is nothing to hear someone to say about “office politics”. When we speak of politics, in the government sense, we are still speaking of relationships, but now in a macro sense, of your dealings with groups, or groups with groups. You are already a member of a community. You know more about politics than you know. Understanding this information about relationships, and normalcy is crucial to understanding politics because it is your attitude to the keyword “politics” that will trip your brain to say “politics, not interested” or to say “politics, what was that all about”. And hopefully, now that you know that politics is about life, you will go looking for a good sources of information (the funnel), not seeking information from the politician who has been proven a liar, and certainly not the politician that hides what is being done. And would you seek the truth from the gossiper, or the politician that spends his or her time smearing the opponent. My advise is to look for more a non-politician, non-partisan (not dealing with political parties) understanding of the issue. If we are to drink from water, we do well to drink deep from a clean clear well. Who wants to drink from polluted and tainted water?
Most people let political information fly right over their heads, it doesn’t interest them – it isn’t important to them. And why would it be. Politicians don’t tell the truth, they don’t like the truth, so much so that they wouldn’t know the truth if is bit them on the butt. Politicians don’t consult with the people. They don’t think we are worth consulting, and frankly it is easier to rule the uninformed. And to complete the picture of the peoples’ disenfranchisement, most of the media feed us false information; it is the information the way they see it because they also have bought into the present corruption of the system, and we get to see the issues after the politicians have spun the truth beyond recognition.
In all honesty, I write like I know it all, but be sure, I am merely writing from my own perspective from my years of observing politics. In my defense I will say that I speak as one that has not been tampered with, having stayed outside of the party structure. But in the end, that is what politics is all about anyway, you read my stuff or other outsiders, you listen to the words the politicians, you listen to the news, and other establishment commentators. And through all the noise and the rumble you will begin to hear your own voice, the voice of your own reasoning (your filter). Through your marvelous brain you have funneled the information to yourself, and like the watching of a good mystery you will filter out all the kernels of what you see as truth, or at least as close to it as you can get. But, that’s okay. Democracy and Liberty are all about growing and maturing into something better in your pursuit of happiness. That is meant for you personally, and for the society you live in. And in the end you have helped make the world a better place.
In the end, I deliver my words, and regardless of you believing in philosophies, filters and funnels, it will just happen in you, you will make your decisions, your choices, but one thing you cannot avoid is, that your choice added to all the collective choices out there will have an impact on your world, and the world your children will inherit.