Below is a chapter from Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. Over time we will be posting most of the book, though, should this inspire you to buy a copy, we would not be offended 🙂 Posted chapters can be found in the Table of Contents.
Rule #63: Be political (Mom)
We humans are part of a worldwide community governed by diverse political systems, and an attempt to avoid politics has all the effect of the proverbial ostrich hiding its head in the sand. The world, and the politics that govern it, will go on without you. You don’t get to choose to opt out of this reality. Not being political has a political effect, and guess what, your not being political is just what the wealthy powers want.
You have a role, and you have a unique voice, and you owe it to the world to express those. What do you want your school, your city, or your country to stand for? What are the core values you embrace, and are they reflected in the day-to-day procedures around you? If you see things you know aren’t right, how can you make them better?
Don’t confuse politics with the demagoguery (look it up!) that is happening right now in the political arena. People using fear and prejudice to take power is all the more reason for you to be involved in what happens to your world.
You also have a duty to speak for those who have no voice. Unfortunately, they number many in our current political environment. Seek out the young, the poor, the homeless, the disenfranchised, the excluded, and the targets of prejudice, and hear what they have to say. We need their voices just as we need yours to create a truly just world where everyone’s humanity is valued.