The generally regarded assumption is that there is no single topic that is more likely to bring an entire room to either awkward silence or a screaming argument like politics. Because of this, a lot of people steer clear of the topic entirely, to the point where many people would say that they don’t care about politics at all. But is that the right way to go about it? Is ignoring politics because it might make some people uncomfortable the best way to live your life? Well, the truth is that it might not be. Whether you choose to pay attention to it or not, politics is a big part of your everyday life. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can start to understand and care about politics just a little more.
Learn more about the issues
The thing about politics is that people always seem to talk about it in such abstract terms. The average person on the street isn’t interested in hearing about the economy in broad, sweeping terms. Instead, they want to know how it impacts their lives. If you want to start caring about politics, try to find out about the things that politics impacts. Things like healthcare, jobs, and equal rights. All of these are things that affect people on a day to day level and pay attention to those is going to make politics seem a lot more valuable.
Get in touch with your senator
One of the other reasons that you might not find yourself feeling especially enthusiastic about politics is that you don’t feel like you’re in a position to do anything about it. Call your senator and your representative and talk to them. Of course, the question is, do you even know who your senator is? Sure, you might know who someone like John Mccain is, but do you know who Mike Crapo is? How about Doug Jones? Richard Blumenthal? Or any of the other US senators? Make sure that you find out who your representatives are and get in touch with them so that you know that your voice is being heard.
Pay attention to policies, not personalities
How many times have you heard something along the lines of “I wouldn’t vote for X party because I don’t like X politician?” Probably more often than you should. You might even have said it yourself. Well, the truth is that you shouldn’t be basing your voting decisions on the personalities of individual politicians. Instead, focus on the policies that they and their party want to implement. That’s the stuff that’s actually going to make a difference to your life.
Now, no one is saying that you suddenly have to become a rage-filled activist rallying on the street corner, although if you want to do that, then that’s great! However, ignoring politics is just the same as burying your head in the sand and hoping that the storm will just blow over. You need to start engaging with the decisions that will impact not only your lives but the lives of all of the people around you.