I was born and raised in a place that was comfortably separated from the repercussions of international and political decisions. So, naturally, I was attracted to them. As I grew up and craved something slightly more than anything my town could provide, it became more interesting for me on a given day to open up Google News than it would be to wonder whether or not my neighbor was mowing his lawn shirtless. A brief stint in local politics, which were admittedly and almost hysterically cutthroat (I’m serious – once, a candidate tried to fake sexts between his opponent and the superintendent of schools), got me thinking about the political process in general; its shortcomings and irrationalities started to become obvious to me on a larger scale.
I manifested this interest by shoving myself in the face of the advisor of our school’s newspaper, asking her to let me write a weekly column in which I would expose the ridiculousness, lack of productivity, or general stupidity of a policy or decision made by the school administration or school board. It was more fun than anything. As important as it is to trust the institutions that govern us, it’s equally important, if not more important, to actively search for the faults and limitations that make them less effective. Blind faith is a byproduct of apathy, which happens to be the least attractive political opinion one could have. I’d like my contributions here to bring up important questions and discourse that every person should feel it necessary to be a part of.
Countries, either within themselves or in their interactions with other nations, make bad decisions. It’s inevitable. Sometimes they’re funny, and that’s okay – if we lose the ability laugh at ourselves, it would be a cold world. But other times, bad decisions are alarming, threatening, and potentially disastrous. And that’s not okay. I like to ask questions, I like to be suspicious, and I like to encourage people to think critically about what they read and think they know about modern institutions. Regrettably, none of it is as straightforward as it seems.