I write on a lot of hot-button issues, like politics, religion, and cultural issues. I don’t believe in staying away from writing about politics or religion — I get why people do, but I don’t because, well, it’s what I believe. I personally find it boring to stray away, but with tackling hot-button issues obviously comes with…
Funny because I work on my politics and religion pieces in private notes/blog posts or speak about them on my podcasts.
Last night I came across an excerpt by Alan Watts that pretty much sums up why I TRY to stay away from talking about politics and religion:
“I may not, perhaps, be forgiven for introducing sober matters with a frivolous notion, but the problem of making sense out of the seeming chaos of experience reminds me of my childish desire to send someone a parcel of water in the mail. The recipient unties the string, releasing the deluge in his lap. But the game would never work, since it is irritatingly impossible to wrap and tie a pound of water in a paper package. There are kinds of paper which won’t disintegrate when wet, but the trouble is to get the water itself into any manageable shape, and to tie the string without bursting the bundle.
The more one studies attempted solutions to problems in politics and economics, in art, philosophy, and religion, the more one has the impression of extremely gifted people wearing out their ingenuity at the impossible and futile task of trying to get the water of life into neat and permanent packages.”
Despite knowing that we can’t “change people’s minds” we still want to jump in the ring and get some. 😆🤣 Or attempt to send water tied in paper parcels. Lol.