Real quick, I want to apologize for the poem that got posted last Monday. I'll be honest with you guys. Most of my Monday stuff is made up while I'm doing my grandparents' laundry, and it's definitely not my best work. I've been writing some flash fiction in class that I'll have to share with you eventually. But recently, it's all been spur-of-the-moment poems.
Last Monday (not three days ago), I wrote a poem, decided it was stupid, and wrote another one that I intended to post. But for some reason, my website decided to post the first poem instead of the second one.
I have no idea what happened, but since that poem got more engagement than most of my other poems, I'll leave it up despite my embarrassment.
I hate politics. I hate conflict. Strange for a writer, I know. I literally invent conflict. It's my job. But real-life conflict is different, in the same way that reading about murder mysteries is much more enjoyable than being a cop and dealing with criminals. I'll debate religion with you all day long, but I absolutely cannot stand politics.
Still, I realize politics are important. Being able to participate in the government is a pretty awesome privilege that most people don't have, and it's important that we take advantage of it. But there's a right way to go about things.
The problem at the moment was actually revealed to me while listening to a college lecture about C.S. Lewis, my favorite author. Lewis was taught growing up that Christianity was 100% right and that all other religions and mythologies were 100% wrong. But after some thought, Lewis realized that other religions and mythologies aren't 100% wrong. And Scripture seems to support his claims--the Apostle Paul quotes a Greek song in praise of Zeus when he's in Athens, and at one point notices an altar dedicated to an unknown god and decides that Jesus is that Unknown God.
We're the same way with politics. The other party is not 100% wrong. And odds are, you're not 100% right in your political beliefs. If there is an objective "good" for humanity, no one person knows what it is. No one political party perfectly embodies goodness and morality.
That's my problem with politics. I just wish everyone could get along. Start realizing that there's good in the other party, and a few problems in your own.
This is the first presidential election I'm eligible to vote in. And I voted. So please. Go out. Vote. Participate in government. And I hope that the best candidate wins.
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.