Earlier this week I attended a debate with the four political candidates from the riding I am in who are campaigning for the upcoming election.
I decided to go to this event in part simply as a point of exposing myself to this kind of environment for educational purposes so that I can begin observing, learning and participating here in ways that are available for me to support myself to develop my awareness and understanding of this field.
Now from what I have observed so far in my life with regards to “the political process” is that it isn’t exactly functioning in a way that encourages and nurtures Real Democracy nor does it seem to facilitate finding and creating changes and solutions to our current world system that that from what I can see is existing within a state of self destruction, where the political process seems only to aid in this destruction instead of being a mechanism that actually performs the duty it is supposed to do which is ultimately to manage, organize, and direct solutions that make our world the best that it can be.
As I sat there in my chair watching the candidates making their case for why their party and themselves is the ‘right one to elect’ I observed and also realized something interesting about this whole political process that I hadn’t noticed before. This point I observed will definitely be a KEY in actually transforming our political process into an integral function within what hopefully eventually becomes a highly evolved and refined society.
Each candidate, with all eyes on them, said their part, and their words were met with applause, with cheers, shouting, booing, sighs, silence, laughter and the whole compendium of human to human engagement. Listening to this, I realized that those 4 candidates weren’t standing there alone representing our dysfunctional political process all by themselves. There were hundreds of us there that evening and at the end of the day it takes 2 to tango as they say, meaning,
I found the responses and reactions from the 500 plus audience members was just as representative of the problems of our political process today as was the ‘usual tone’ of the debate by the four candidates.
So what I noticed is that for me, I usually tend to focus on those more integrated into the political system as being where and what must change, and within this missed an important component of this political process, which are, those on the other side of the SAME COIN, the audience, us, the voters, and that we are just as responsible as those speakers we have tended to narrow our focus in on.
Its not so much that there is a problem with the ‘political process’ actually, rather, there is a problem with human beings, and how we have conditioned and accepted ourselves to interact and engage with ourselves and each other, and the political process is just an extension of this.
So if we want to change the our political process in so that it becomes a process that truly functions in a way that facilitates the creation of our highest potential as a society and as individuals, then we are going to have to change how we as human beings interact with ourselves and those around us. One could even argue that the audience at the event that evening is more responsible than the candidates for being able to have an impact on how our political process evolves because there was over 500 of us and only 4 of them.
So this was something that I had never really saw as clearly as I did the other evening. Mostly we all just focus on the individual standing on the podium giving their speech and we don’t consider the thousands, millions, billions of people actually reacting to what is being said, egging them on, or shouting in revolt, where each word spoken by our leaders garners some kind of response or reaction from the audience that binds us into a singularity that keeps our political process ‘locked into’ its current form. So as the audience, as voters, it is our responsibility as individuals to ‘change the game’ when it comes to the political process and one way we can do this is we can look at our own reactions and outrages that come up in relation to the political events taking place, and we can start supporting ourselves to stop just reacting how we always do, how people have always acted and reacted to the words of our political leaders and so we can do our part in breaking the mold and breaking out of how the usual conversation (and reaction) goes and so support the transformation or our world, our political process, and our person to person engagement, so that is starts to in fact become a relationship of support, growth, equality, and mutual respect and care for one another.