Politics. It’s a horrible beast. Intriguing, yet so divisive. It seems that, in most people, political opinion causes tunnel vision. Lately, I have been bombarded with strong political opinions. And I’m not just talking the news — blogs, namely. However, it is not the strong opinions that bother me. It’s the superiority complex that most times seems to accompany said strong opinions. Am I really unintelligent and uneducated if I don’t agree with your opinions? See they’re just that. Your opinions — filtered, diluted, masked, and otherwise kneaded by your own personal experiences. I’m angered and frustrated when I read statements like, “As I grew up and had more education, I became a liberal.” As though learning leads to liberalness, and those of us who don’t become liberal are ignorant. (And I did read a statement very similar to this yesterday, but darn if I can find the link).
But see I’m not liberal or conservative. And I believe people across the spectrum to be educated, intelligent, and well-spoken. Well, there are stupid people. That’s a fact. However, intelligence is NOT directly related to one’s political leanings.
UPDATE: Exhibit A: The ‘Also…philosophy?’ section here. (although not the one I was referring to above)