Why I no longer care about politics, but I still vote

A few years ago, I was politically fired up. I believed that politics would fix all the problems we were having in our beautiful country. I used to think, if only party X would win, or if only party Y would get better, then we’d be in for real change. I honestly believed the answers to our problems can be solved with politics.

Politics, a game smothered in corruption and parties making promises they can’t keep. The parties that are genuine cannot create enough “buzz” as they won’t do whatever it takes.

The day I stopped caring about politics was when I realised this: Even if politics changed it wouldn’t affect my life that much, I would not be healthier and I would not be happier. The effect that politics and the government have on our day to day lives is very minimal. Of course, if things go haywire, it affects us all, but it affects us all the same.

Instead of focusing on politics.  I choose to work on myself. In the words of Jim Ron:

“When you change, Everything will change for you”

There’s a prayer I remember, one those that people hang up on their bathroom walls, called the Serenity prayer:

“God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other”

Now, I completely ignore politics. I still vote and that, that is where my input stops. I will no longer pour any of my energy into politics by having debates on Facebook, talking about it socially while secretly hoping that one day, politics will save us.

2 thoughts on “Why I no longer care about politics, but I still vote

  1. Dwain for President!😋 seriously true though. There are certain people called to that life though. The exceptional few that make politics a better place -the Pravin Gordan’s and Madiba’s in this world. For the rest of us I think we just need to keep striving toward treating others as we would ourselves. To be kind, compassionate, all forgiving and abounding in love.


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