Politics? No, thanks!

It is interesting that the subject most of us understand the least is the subject we criticise the most. Politics seems a persona non grata in human knowledge. Maybe because it seems far from being humane… We have seen so many examples of misrepresentation of the nation and that just made us grow uninterested. We got used to the dark side of politics. What is left (or left wing, if you prefer) is to make jokes.

What a joke!

Politicians, like blondes, mothers-in law and so on, guarantee a good laugh. Unfortunately, it all boils down to prejudice. We insist on putting everyone in the same bag. Maybe it is just a way to justify what we have become. Because corruption is widely spread, we have decided that we are entitled to some degree of corruption and dishonesty too. If we cannot fix the damage, let’s make it less worse by enjoying the benefits of being part of it.

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Look what they are doing!

Nothing could be further from the truth. We should not laugh at the joke we are part of. We will never see the change happening if our attitude remains the same. Why do we always have to attack a person? We criticise the boss, the bus driver, the public servant, the politician. It is what they do that has to be checked. It is common to attack someone – there’s nothing good about him or her if one thing is wrong in their lives. Or what we think it is wrong. We write people off and wait to see a change by acting like that. Or maybe we don’t. If people change for the better, what bad things will we have to say about them? Let’s just feed the negative and wait for nothing to change.

A matter of attitude

To see change in politics, as in everything else in life, it is necessary a change of attitude. We have been choosing to laugh, to complain to others, to spread messages that talk about our rights and what must change. But unless we change our minds and our ways, we will never be able to fight against what is wrong. Simply because we will not have enough weapons to do the job.

The recipe

If we live our lives in truth, honesty and integrity (to walk the talk), then we will stand up for our rights. We will not put up with what’s wrong. We will know then that the right thing is possible because we will be living it. We will know that the change is viable. That is urgent!

The nation will proudly demand their rights to be respected and observed. We will choose our representatives by the content of their character because we will know how to recognise it. We will not settle for less. We will fight to win.

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Erica De Monaco Lowry

Erica De Monaco Lowry has been living in Ireland since 2008. She is a teacher, an interpreter, a translator, a tour guide and an insatiable learner. Her favorite pastimes include reading, travelling, socialising and catching up with her family.

33 comentários

  • 12/07/12  
    Jonatas Emidio diz: 1

    Nice!
    This is what we really need to know about politics.

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      HI Jonatas. I’m glad that you enjoyed the text. I suppose we need to know much more, but knowing what is not helping is enough to fight against so much nonsense around. :-)

  • 12/07/12  
    sandrom diz: 2

    Erica, thanks for your nice and interesting real-life posts.

    I always thought that laughing or ignoring is a trap for the laugher or for the person who ignores something. On the other hand, they are an efficient weapon for the “victims” of them.

    Politics is serious, important and affects our whole life. So, we need to face it in a more serious way in order to change something.

    • 12/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      I agree with you Sandrom. What’s happening around us should be a wake-up call
      not a new theme for jokes. Imagine everyone defending their rights the same way they defend their soccer teams?! We would have millions marching against wrong politics…

  • 12/07/12  
    Joao Ochoa diz: 3

    Ótimo texto, diz exatamente o que acontece com o nosso país.
    Aproveitei, traduzi e o postei em meu blog, espero que não tenha problema…
    Coloquei a fonte, e o link para a postagem original de vocês.

    Valeu

    • 12/07/12  
      Alessandro diz:

      Oi João,

      O certo seria você ter pedido autorização antes. Qual o link de onde você publicou o artigo?

      Abs,

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Ola Joao. Q joia q vc gostou do texto! Veja so, o problema com uma traducao q nao seja a minha e q meu nome esta associado ao texto e eu nao vi a traducao. As vezes uma palavra modifica um paragrafo e a ideia do autor fica comprometida.
      Eu tenho traducao do texto acima. Posso enviar para voce e vc coloca
      no seu blog. Ai entao eu e vc nos resguardamos qto a responsabilidade da traducao. E citar q o texto foi publicado em ingles no EE e sempre o mais adequado, pois foi o primeiro local p onde eu mandei o texto original e todos podem checar a fonte e juntar-se a comunidade. :-)

  • 12/07/12  
    João B. L. Ghizoni diz: 4

    Wonderful post! Congratulations to the author!

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Thanks João!

  • 12/07/12  
    Estevão diz: 5

    Erica, are you a Politician? if not, I suppose you should be one.
    Awesome article for think about.

    thanks

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Hi Estevão. Thanks for sharing your appreciation. I am not a politician. lol. I think it’s a hard place to be once you have values and principles like mine. But I love people and I would certainly consider it. For the time being I prefer to do my best on this side and encourage others to do the same. If we really think about it, that’s the best policy, or politics. :-)

  • 12/07/12  
    Dani Siltori diz: 6

    Muito bom o texto! Deu pra aprender várias expressões.

    Mas a “Walk the talk” não deveria ser “WALK THE WALK”?

    Obrigada,

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Ola Dani. Como vc ja deve saber a expressao ‘Walk the talk’ significa viver o q vc fala, por em pratica o q vc diz, suas filosofias etc . e nao ficar so na conversa, em promessas. E uma variante, q ficou ate mais conhecida, do q ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’, q acabam vindo juntas. ‘Walk the talk’ acaba por ser mais completa, entao. A lingua e sua evolucao…espero ter ajudado. Se vc digitar ‘walk the talk meaning’ on google vc acha outras explicacoes interessantes tb. :-)

  • 12/07/12  
    Lilia Cordeiro diz: 7

    .. Many times we forget how important this issue is in our lives. It would be possible to explain the sentences in bold? .. Thanks so much!!

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Ola, Lilia. Sim, claro. Ai vai:
      grow uninterested = ficar desinteressado
      dark side = lado negro
      left wing = de esquerda (opcao politica)
      all boils down to prejudice = tudo se resume a preconceito
      entitled to = ter direito a
      benefits of being part of it = beneficios de ser parte de
      Nothing could be further from the truth = nada poderia ser tao distante da verdade
      our attitude remains the same = nossa atitude permanece a mesma
      write people off = descartar pessoas (phrasal verbs usado p carros, p vc ter uma ideia de quao ruim e se usado p pessoas)
      as in everything else in life = como tudo na vida
      But unless = mas a menos que
      weapons to do the job = armas para fazer o trabalho
      to walk the talk = veja post anterior
      stand up for our rights = exigir seus direitos
      put up with = aguentar, tolerar algo
      proudly demand = exigir orgulhosamente
      choose our representatives = escolher os representantes
      content of their character = conteudo do carater
      settle for less = contentar-se com menos

  • 12/07/12  
    Juliana diz: 8

    Gostaria q houvesse um glossário com os termos destacados. Adorei o texto, mto bem escrito.

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Ola Juliana. Obrigada! Coloquei no post anterior p a Lilia os termos destacados
      em negrito. :-)

  • 12/07/12  
    Bruno diz: 9

    The politics people don´t led the nation, it´s people´s work, then spreading the education is the base of everything, however it needs time

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      I would say it takes more the daily ‘walk the talk’. We are more than aware of what we should do. Being educated about politics became a very interesting thing. It’s more awareness of what we should get used to and how things work than of what happened before and really worked and the values/principles we should impose to ourselves and expect from others. But then, again, we should review the way we do things on a daily basis. Each one could do their bit and then everyone could reap the benefits of that. Well, this is me…

  • 12/07/12  
    Michele diz: 10

    Great post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Could you explain the bold words to us, please?

    • 13/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Thanks Michele. See the post above in response to Lilia. :-)

  • 13/07/12  
    J. Henrique diz: 11

    Beautiful text Erica. I totally agree with you, what needs to be done is to stop laughing at our problems and take actions, first changing our minds then try to change the world around. The problem is too much jokes and complaining but few steps towards the changing. Almost every election I lose my faith that the changing is comming, at least in our country, what a difficult life we have paying taxes that some swindlers have the courage to steal from our people. I don’t know how people can joke in a country that have the abusive taxes we have, what’s so funny in being stolen every day, it’s just to look at the “impostomômetro” to have a huge desire to cry.
    Finally, after I got it off my chest, congratulations for your text Erica, really something to think about.

    • 15/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Thanks J. Henrique. My post was a cry for change. We all need to talk about it and sort things out inside us to make the difference we want to see as Natalia quotes below. I appreciate your intelligent comment and thinking shared here. :-)

  • 13/07/12  
    Natalia diz: 12

    Very good, Erica! “We must be the change that we want to see” (I think it was Dalai Lama who said that).
    I totaly agree with that. Not only Brazilians, Americans or even the British people need that change. It’s about all humans being. The fact is: we all need change! And it is not only about our acts, it’s deeper than that. It is about our hearts, our values, our purpose. We all have roots in our hearts that lead to bad (bad thoughts, bad actions). We all have bad in our nature.
    But I don’ believe that’s an excuse to keep doing what’s wrong. I believe we can find strength in God to overcome our sinful nature. I believe God already gave us everything we needed to be born again, to be a changed person. And I believe that not because someone told me to, but because I’m experiencing this change in my life. God has been my helper. He’s helping me to be someone I thought I’d never be able to be.
    This change is a difficult process because it involves recognizing that we are wrong and that we need help to change. In other words, it involves assuming things that we don’t really like to assume. We like to think we are always right, we like to think we don’t need anyone.
    I really pray that everyone may have their eyes open as you had yours! And thank you for helping us to see through this perspective.
    By the way, I really want to congrat you for your attention and your kindness in answering all the comments that asked for your help. It’s very nice of you =)

    • 15/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      What a piece of text this yours Natalia! Thank you. As a believer I couldn’t agree more. It’s always when we empty ourselves that things start to happen. We know what’s right or wrong not because the wind brought the distinction to our minds.
      We were ‘equipped’ to discern. But it’s a constant battle. Unfortunately we lose heart or choose not to fight many times and try to sort things out ourselves. It’s fantastic to know that it’s all down to what we are, not what we have or do. The change starts within. My pleasure to separate time to come here and read the brilliant comments and reply/comment back. I learn a lot here with you guys. =)

  • 13/07/12  
    sandrom diz: 13

    “Erica disse:
    I agree with you Sandrom. What’s happening around us should be a wake-up call
    not a new theme for jokes. Imagine everyone defending their rights the same way they defend their soccer teams?! We would have millions marching against wrong politics…”

    That´s the spirit, Erica! Please, continue to feed this fantastic blog with your great posts!

  • 15/07/12  
    Carlos diz: 14

    Very nice, Erica! I agree totaly with it. We can change it!
    Congratulations!

    • 16/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      That’s it Carlos. Thanks. :-)

  • 16/07/12  
    Ivani Stanchi diz: 15

    I agree totaly with you and everyone comment here. I loved your texts, all in english because help me spread my vocabulary and my knowledge in english. Sorry my basic english, but I like very much try read and developed my understanding english texts. I learn very much with you!
    Thanks!

    • 17/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Hi Ivani. I’m happy to know that I can help you with your English. But never be sorry for what you consider ‘basic English’. These ‘level’ thing can become a label. And learning is all but labels. Only be sorry when you give up putting your knowledge into practice and doing your best. Posting here is a great way to practise and encourage yourself to keep going. I wish all the success to you!

  • 16/07/12  
    Otávio diz: 16

    I loved the article because I could improve my speaking and reading. Your words about the subjects are rights because we talk that everything is wrong but we don’t do anything to make it better. I love a song called Na Na Na by My Chemical Romance which have passage about it:

    Everybody wants to change the world.
    Everybody wants to change the world.
    But no one, no one.
    Wants to die
    Wanna try

    • 17/07/12  
      Erica diz:

      Otavio, what a nice piece of a song! Thanks for that. I’m going to listen to it. It’s great to know that the text is both informative and provocative. We all need to be challenged.:-)

  • 26/02/16  
    Felipeptx diz: 17

    Excellent text, topic and philosophy! Indeed it worth to read and reflect about spread a positive and simple way to manage our life helping others to make a balanced and harmonious living. This is exactly what “POLITICS” means.

    Congratulations,

    Cheers