About eight years ago, when I began writing, the political discourse and the weekly dose of gaffes was at its worst “politically incorrect”. It was rarely harmful to the soul and credibility of our country.
In those days, many writers, on the social media or otherwise, found appeal in writing and finding soft tales of inspiration and of the beauty of human life. After all, what is public life meant for, but to inspire others and expand human potential and possibilities?
Today, mere political incorrectness is hardly a problem. We’re dealing with much more existential damage to our national conscience – led by none other than the prime servant of the country.
More writers and artists are today occupied expressing themselves on the petty political discourse, rather than politics itself. There is hardly any inspiration or positivity on my news feed any more: even when we’re criticising hatred and violence, we’re actually discussing…well, hatred and violence.
Commenting on policy and politics has a larger social purpose – that of raising awareness and inspiring human intervention in issues, ultimately to lift our shared quality of life – but, *discussing the discourse itself* is damaging human potential and possibilities.
Discourse never should have become a topic of discussion.
I have often wanted to avoid sharing my anger against the discourse, and rather comment on actual issues, but find myself in a dilemma. The political discourse must be talked about because we are being duped – but discussing the discourse is leading us nowhere either.
We’re stuck at a point of no return. When shall we discuss politics and not the discussion? When will we inspire each other again, for our mutual values, achievements, emotions and ideas?
Our politicians have pushed our most expressive and eloquent citizens to a position where they’re forced to discuss harmful things. Why cannot we have a politics that doesn’t fuel constant anger, so that we can focus on building each other as human beings?
It’s not impossible. We did so, just years ago.