OPINION — From Ancient Grecian philosophical thought to Gutenberg’s printing press, the human race has proven to deeply value and actively seek innovation. For centuries, theories and goods have evolved to better suit our world environment. I have noticed that these changes allow advances and new ideas to better our world in nearly every aspect of our lives. Except for one: Modern-day American politics.
Wait! Before you quickly find anything BUT this to read, let me explain what I mean. My motivation for writing this column, comes from a trend that I have noticed through my research of current political issues. I’ve found that our modern-day United States political climate has become repetitive, close-minded and lacking drive. As a young person, this scares me to death.
One problem inherent in a two-party system, is that the discussions stay only two-sided; “Conservative” versus “Liberal.” According to a Gallup poll, The number of Americans that identify as an “Independent” is at an all time high of 42 percent. It’s clear to see that the rigid dogma of a two-party system works to discourage individuality and uniqueness among political candidates and creates a more cookie-cutter form of government.
Another problem inherent in our system is perception. Edward de Bono, a renowned psychologist, once said “Studies have shown that 90 percent of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas.” Our realities are not realities as much as they are our perception of it. So how do we change our perception?
One way to do just that is by questioning. Whether you hear it from your neighbor or read it on the internet, Ask yourself “What is the source of this information? Can I absolutely know that this statement is true? Is there more information I need? Maybe several sides to it we don’t yet know or haven’t considered?”
Over time, our societies nature has grown to resist and even fight change. But, what if those who are willing to embrace change, carry with them the ideas that would provide the actual solution to decade-old problems? Many call these plans or ideas crazy, but … what if we need a little crazy?
I think that this maddening, pendulum-like political scene that we wade through like a vat of syrup, is actually the crazy thing, and we have grown so accustomed to it that it seems normal.
We’ve developed an attitude that is so harsh toward those with new things to say and it deserves hard examination. The American people have been reading the same headlines, the same results, and the same names on the ballot for years.
The same “hot-button issues” have been hashed and rehashed, by the same politicians who are running on the same platforms. It is no wonder that only 57 percent of voters showed up on election day in 2012 and why in Iron County, only 30 percent showed up in the last General Election. Yes, 30 percent.
It is high time that the status quo is challenged. Our political scene is in dire need of a long overdue paint job. Without your mindful involvement, one of my children’s children might be writing a column quite similar to this one.
When we seek for better answers and when we realize there is far more complexity to what is best than just “Right” or “Left,” we then broaden our framework to create a true masterpiece.
Submitted by Kaleigh F. Bronson, senior at Cedar High School, Cedar City
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