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I feel like America is descending into something that resembles a hybrid of tribalism, and programmed automation. Two dynamics that should be abounding in juxtaposition, but somehow, aren’t. Every time I see someone speak anymore it seems like they are going through the motions, adhering to the programming installed in them by whichever political party they’ve thrown their lot in with.
Finding solace in a group of like-minded people is certainly an understandable feeling. The problem with this isn’t the groups that we are assimilating into; it’s the automatons that so many of us seem to have become. It worries me because I was never as concerned with the prospect of George Orwell being right, as I was with the fruition of ideas proposed by Aldous Huxley. That’s where we seem to be going though. To our own brave new world.
Bi-partisanship as spoken of by our elected officials is a lie. How can they be bi-partisan when their own constituents can’t find common ground anymore? It feels like every opinion is met with demonization instead of intelligent discussion. When heated debate is a step toward polite society something has descended too close to primitivity. I see people, intelligent people, people I would respect greatly under normal circumstances, sliding further to their left or right. What happened to too much of anything is a bad thing? Can the same not be said for liberality or conservatism? When did the right decide that to decent is to treason? When did the left decide that anyone not sharing their views has to be of lesser intelligence? Anymore any political debate resembles and unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.
We need to think. We need to be open to concession and compromise. We need to pay mind to what people are saying instead of judging the merit of their opinion based on whether they have an (R) or a (D) next to their name. We need to stop being cloned social soldiers and start being people again.