Politics establishes the boundaries of our relationships. Whether the community is as large as the world, or as small as your family, you will have to deal with politics.
Why is there so much discord in politics? Everyone brings their perspective to politics. There are those who believe they possess the truth, and others who think there is no truth. The rest just try to make sense of it all. The truth is hard. It is so apparent, yet so difficult to understand.
You will meet people of many political perspectives in life. Some see the world as black and white, good and evil, right and wrong. Regardless what we call these people, they have chosen a path to help them solve problems. These people are often quick to make judgments. The certainty of their belief allows them to move forward. On the other end of the spectrum, there are those who see the world as shades of grey. They are eager to consider the perspective of others. They understand that they do not possess the truth. But some go as far as to deny that truth exists. To them, there is only perspective. These people are often kind and considerate, but can be judgmental towards the intolerant. They seek understanding, but get lost in all the possibilities.
You were subjected to a lot of politics growing up. You didn't find it interesting, but you just couldn't avoid it. It was always present in the background. I remember the day you asked me why I watched the news so much. You saw that it was important to me, and felt that you needed to have a political perspective yourself. I can't remember exactly what you decided after we talked, Perhaps you didn't. This was not your first foray into politics however. You had to deal with the daily politics inside our family. Negotiating your rights. Finding the boundaries. I made it my mission that, regardless of the challenges we faced, you always knew that any boundaries were motivated by love.
I want you to remember that it takes all kinds of people to build a community. There is no correct perspective when it comes to politics. It's just the perspective you choose to find your way. No perspective is above corruption. The path to solving problems in life is never a clear one. Do not lose hope. Be patient. Consider the perspective of others, then act on the truth when you see it.