Apolitical (adj.): not interested or involved in politics.
I made the mistake of claiming to be apolitical in the midst of a group of people who were energized by the conflict we call the American election process.
They looked on me with disdain. The kinder ones began to reason with me, saying that I had no right to comment on the world around me if I was not going to participate in the quagmire.
It’s not that I have anything against the American system, nor that I wish to pursue some other foreign derivation. It’s just that I decided years ago that once something does not work, the most merciful thing you can do is abandon it and give it a decent burial.
For instance, I once had a lovely clock radio. At the time it was the pride of my possessions. It was easy to read, easy to set and had a powerful speaker which enabled the AM/FM radio to ring out with almost stereo clarity.
One day it stopped working. Completely. I considered getting it fixed, but was informed that it would cost more than the instrument was worth.
Being a stubborn sort, I kept it plugged in the wall with the hopes of resurrection. Even after the third day passed, I still persisted in dreaming of its return.
One day a friend came into my home, saw the clock radio and asked my why it was still plugged into the wall, considering that it was doing nothing. I explained my allegiance, preference, hopes and dreams.
He squinted at me in disbelief and commented, “Go buy yourself a damn radio that works.”
His words pierced my soul.
I don’t know whether it was the sternness or the logic that awakened a spirit of reality, but I did it.
It was so refreshing to have a working clock radio that I soon forgot my old friend.
- I am intent on changing my world.
- I just know that politics … is broken.
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