What is politics? If we walk down the street almost anywhere across the globe and we ask this question, the majority would probably give it more negative connotations than positive ones. They would say that it’s about “manipulation”, “deceit”, and “power”, among other things. Granted, they wouldn’t be entirely wrong, especially with almost all the news that we are fed. But if we look deeper into the issue, we see that politics is possible only when one side is uninformed, weak, apathetic, or inactive. The truth is, we, as a people, bring politics on our selves. If we as citizens become more informed and less apathetic, more engaged and less complacent, politicians wouldn’t find it so easy to govern the way they want as opposed to the way we want. A truly democratic state depends on its people looking at its politics more POSITIVELY.
Part of the reason for our pessimism and negativity is because we think we have a say in our system, but we don’t because we’re not so active and thus get disappointed when politicians don’t make policies that serve our needs. If we change our outlook on politics, we can see it as a place that can generate hope, security, wealth, and understanding, not in the material or spiritual sense, but in an intellectual sense. So let’s educate ourselves and then we have no reason to be pessimistic and feel like running out of the room when we hear the word politics.
If you were waiting for a definition of politics, you are unfortunately mistaken. I think definitions change through time and are not at all definitive. My hope is that we change the definition of politics in our minds for a more embracing and positive one without setting boundaries of what it means or what it could mean exactly. True democracy depends on our outlook. Now it is up to you to decide.