It is commonplace in our political climate to impugn the motives of political agents. We like to find some form or fashion to dismiss the rhetoric of someone on the opposing side of the political debate. It makes us feel as though the other side is morally inferior and can be dismissed as such. So, in this little piece, I would like to attempt to explain what relationship my personal life has to my political life.
I grew up as a liberal, and so I was curious during my development to explore the milieu of the Left. I wanted to engage in some of the same activities and find ideas to inspire participation in such activities. I was naive in my approach to these activities and thought I was pursuing a path to overcome the oppression these activities were meant to allow me to do. I pursued many activities that would have traditionally been regarded as unhealthy, let alone wrong, but the environment around me never told me how these activities would truly shape my life in a negative form.
When I discovered certain right-wing ideas, however, they told me that there might be really negative consequences for my behavior. Not only were these activities frivolous distractions from better, more vital ones, but they also reflected an essentially selfish attitude towards life. I did not want to live such a life empty of true connections and healthy paths, so I began to search for inspiration, which I had previously lacked, for leading a life of virtue.
I have found many sources for self-improvement these past several years. Some of them involve podcasts and YouTube channels by educators or entrepreneurs. Others have been religious and philosophical texts written by people long held to be wise. And still others have been stories and biographies of great men who have come before and accomplished great things. I have tried to find every resource I needed to move forward in my life. But there have been others who impugn even the notion of trying to make yourself stronger and more competent. They would prefer the best of us to suffer rather than trying to do the full extent of trying to make your life better without having to beg or destroy to get what you want.
Not only is the general attitude one of essential petulance, but underlying is hardcore neomarxist doctrine. Instead of honoring and valuing the contributions and efforts of many great figures, they say that these figures were essentially thieves and parasites from whom we have little to honor and primarily to scorn and disparage. Thus all of the activities that made these great figures successful are regarded as myths by the most cynical shades of meaning. And so the stories that have motivated us towards success in our own lives become dead letter in our minds, leaving us with no guidance towards a better future, a future in which we are healthy enough to interact in a healthy manner with wider society, instead of tearing the society apart in order to reap the benefits of scavenging the remaining shards of value as vultures descend upon leftover entrails.
Thus I take it upon myself to lift the full burden of my own existence and train my existential muscles to handle its weight. Jordan Peterson said that either everything that happens has meaning, or nothing has meaning. I have tried to take up that burden, but it is hard. We live in a very selfish, unhealthy age, in which our desires reign supreme as sacred ideologies, justifying the most absurd manifestations of narcissism, but I want to endeavor to at least stay true to my own principles.