I have political views. In fact, I have pretty strong political views.
More likely than not, me and you share some viewpoints, and disagree on others. This is true in politics, and in other things in life as well.
But what’s almost completely unique to politics, is how it brings about one of the worst humanely traits possible – wishing for somebody else’s failure.
It’s one thing to hope that your favorite candidate wins an election; it’s another to actively cheer on, and encourage the failure of a leader in your society. To be happy for their mistakes, shortcomings, and wish ill upon them is morally sick.
Yes, you should hold people to high standards.
Yes, you should oppose actions that you fundamentally disagree with.
Yes, you should encourage discussion over ideas.
But to actively hope for other people’s failure is not a healthy mindset. Especially for those who are supposed leaders or aspiring leaders in your society.
Ideas Over Insults
Don’t let yourself succumb to the petty game of politics. Make your discussion over ideas instead of insults.
I’ve written before on the importance on being empathetic. Most people honestly believe they are doing what’s best, even if it’s different from what you believe. Remember that next time you hear a politician, friend, or stranger, talking about their ideas.
Instead of wishing that others fail, help them succeed.
If your idea or political viewpoint is really better… teach people. Or at the very least, seek to understand another perspective.
It’s easy to insult and cheer when other’s fail. It’s the people who are brave enough to take on the challenge of thoughtful discussion that are the stronger people.
Gina Laurie says
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