Friday, 19 April 2013

ESPRESSO SHOT NO 54, by Anthony Sides

"People who believe in  politics are like people who believe in God: they are sucking wind through bent straws."
- Charles Bukowski

People who believe in politics - who think there are universal solutions - who think there is a solution to life - to make it neat and formulate it and keep every one of us from the cracks - these people are the kind of people who started as Catholics and joined the Communist party because they still needed to belong to an authoritarian organization that would give them a simplistic view of life and tell them what to think. Communists believe rich people are sinners and the poor are virtuous. They insist people put aside their individual desires and work for the greater cause: corporate multinationals insist on the same selflessness.

Politics is a game played by people who want to get power over other people to make themselves feel better. People who believe in politics are the kind of people who want the easter holiday to be the same date every year because life isn't boring enough and basing easter on the shape of the moon is not rational.

Political correctness is a religion: if you disagree with it you are not expressing a different opinion, you are a bad person and need to be punished until you believe the right things. They would burn us if they could.

People who believe in politics believe in politics because it stops them having to think for themselves, and I don't blame them. But I don't want to have to hear them tiresomely ranting and regurgitating rhetoric.

Rigid ideologies make life look simple and make it seem easy to grasp and easy to improve, instead of the maze of mirrors and seesawing scales and curtains and tricks and top hats and trips and stumbles and dances and disasters and yawns and ecstasies and slaps and tendernesses that it is (or seems to me to be).





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