Millions of people know the answers to all of mankind’s problems. I learned this on the internet. My Facebook friends are, almost uniformly, possessed of this wisdom, be they of the right or the left. Every day, my Facebook page fills up with postings from these geniuses.
I sat out the last election because… well, I was somewhere between bored and perplexed. Decades ago, I thought that politics could solve things. Over the years, I’ve observed that politics almost always makes things worse. In particular, politics makes human relationships worse. Politics somehow makes people who appear to have very few differences into sworn enemies.
Even though I sat out the last election, and had nothing to say about which candidates I preferred, some people got pissed at me for my aversion to politics and government.
Having doubts about whether politics and government serve any useful purpose automatically makes one a Republican, or so I’ve gathered. Being a Democrat appears to be sort of a religion. Not believing in the religion, so far as I can tell, makes one a heretic, and thus… a Republican!
Life became much easier after I gave up having a plan to Save the World. Freed up a lot of my time. No longer did I have to read the political press so that I could argue intricate issues of taxation and foreign policy in Woodstock cafes. No, I was freed to spend my time playing guitar and reading funny stuff on the web.
I have absolutely no answers about how to solve humanity’s problems. Those problems existed long before I made my entrance onto the stage, and they will continue to exist long after I have departed. Nothing I do will change that. Trying to do something about those problems (which I did when I was younger) only pissed me off, distracted me from taking care of my own business, and diminished my life.
The Damned Human Race will have to solve its problems on its own. I’m going to do my yoga and practice for the next gig. I’ve got my opinions!
Opinions are like assholes, right?