I often wonder what it’s like to be to be apolitical. You know, you’ve heard the rumors. There are allegedly people out there that could not care less about politics, current events, and the like. Who are these people, and what is their secret? How do they manage to avoid the morass of every hyperventilating hypothesis huffed by hypocritical hacks?
Hi, my name is Jim, and I’m an information junkie. (Hi, Jim). I succumbed to the siren of civilizational science back in college, during the run-up to the first Gulf War, and have been hooked ever since. I like to know things. I like to know about things, important things. And for these things, I have opinions – don’t always share them, but I have them. News, current events, politics, sports, science – I consume and am consumed. Yes, there are times I have tried to escape, even for a short while, but it’s Hotel California, baby – you can’t really ever leave.
Still, a part of me believes it’s possible, if only because I’ve found moderate success over the years in tuning out Hollywood celebrity culture. Doesn’t mean I’m totally ignorant of the entertainment world, just more successful in dismissing it with a roll of the eyes as appropriate.
Is there a super-secret enclave of apolitical refugees in our hyperpolitical nation? Short of going completely off the grid, how it is possible for one to go on happily not consuming news and politics? Can one really manage to avoid it, despite being joined at the social-media hip with so many people we know and only think we know, many of whom can shill with the best of them?
How do the apolitical vote, assuming they do? Do they align to a party, or do they vote incumbent until such time as there comes a reason to choose the challenger? Do they lean left, or reach right? I’ve known a few who really don’t give a rip about Washington shenanigans, but are most certainly in what some elites would consider the “deplorables” camp. I do think the apolitical conservative exists, if that’s not an oxymoron. Yet the apolitical progressive seems to make up a significant percentage, based on nothing empirical whatsoever.
So then. Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. The Apolitical are from Alpha Centauri? Is it just their way? I don’t understand that way.
Yes, this is all in fun. But I do wonder what it would be like to not care about the news, about politics, about the events that seem far away but are in truth much closer than they appear. No, I’m not wired that way, but with increasing frequency I almost wish I was.Published in