Thinking for Myself

I have received a lot of messages of support from people about my political views. I have also received a lot of backlash from my family/other random human beings about my beliefs.

In high school, I would have considered myself a super duper Republican. Elephants everywhere! Republican ideals?! I will believe them blindly based on my family’s political and religious views! Of course, my mind was easily malleable and I believed everything that my family told me. I was quite vocal about it as well. Coming from a conservative area, I couldn’t imagine deviating from the set of common beliefs that surrounded me daily.

Disclaimer: This is not an article bashing my family; It is an explanation of my evolution to my own free-thinking. 

Let’s be real, I know a lot of people. I have a wealth of love around me in Indiana and abroad. I have learned greatly from the connections that I have made. I appreciate everyone’s influence in my life and I couldn’t be more thankful for the people that surround me. I know that I will always have people there for me and that is a wonderful feeling. However, the people that I know are very contrasting. I’ve gotten to know so many people with different ideals about how the government should run and more specifically, the benefits that the government should give others.

This is what I encountered recently on Facebook, much to my own doing since I posted a photo of Trump’s plane and said “gross”. Of course, I would start a Facebook argument. I do that on occasion without meaning to.

 

“I say that anyone else in the race for the White House, is a little too late, with Public Opinion, I personally feel that The Lord is the only answer. I will vote for Trump, not a fan…but not voting gives a win to Hilllary…..bad news!!”

“Liberal people make me sick….when you have no money, but all the benefits the non working people have….and our streets are made of dirt, don’t cry on my shoulder. That is what socialism does to a society. If you own property or have even $20 bucks in the bank, it will be taken from you…think people!!!”

A personal favorite,

“Just wondering can you name one thing (that is true and not what you heard) that is awful about trump?”

I am not writing this to argue these points because they are obviously easy to refute and I don’t even want to get into the obvious flaws with these comments. I just wanted to include a few comments with this blog post to give some context.

People who have absolutely no idea what Socialism even is or how FAR our country is from it, often make fear-based, emotionally-driven statements about it without knowing what they are talking about. Of course, is Socialism a great idea for America? I’d have to say a big fat no to that. But it is unfair to broadly criticize a type of governing when capitalism is clearly flawed as well. Our often greed based, good acquiring based society is deeply flawed and I find it sad that people rely on outlets such as Fox News to make themselves a walking puppet for their beliefs.

The news is a business. Whether it is Fox news, CNN, MSNBC…they are all there to make a profit. I think that this obvious point is often overlooked. Your mind is so incredibly powerful and capable of so much more than you can imagine. Free yourself from relying on any news source as the absolute truth. Think for yourself. Gather many different views on a topic and use YOUR brain to logic through it and form your own opinion.

I saw so much good in the way the government operated in Sweden. People were happy overall and I found such peace there. I was free from the violence that surrounds me here everyday. I was free from religion trying to dictate every fabric of the government. I learned a lot there and I must say, it changed my viewpoint on America. I love my country, I really do, but we are in a time of political crisis.

Those who say that they are voting for Trump simply because they don’t like Clinton are committing a serious logical fallacy. It is false dilemma. You should not vote for Trump because you don’t like Clinton. Voting for a truly psychotic human being is not the answer to rebelling against Hillary. I believe that casting a vote is very important and that we should always use our amazing ability to have a say in who our leaders are.

Lastly, I want to point out that the best way to get someone to listen to you, is to actually form an intelligent sentence. This whole “let’s argue on Facebook and not even use proper grammar or punctuation” thing is getting old. Not everything needs to be an argument, but for crying out loud, if you’re going to argue, look intelligent. Even the stupidest things could appear more intelligent to the common eye if proper grammar and punctuation is used. I am not calling anyone out, and I hope no one is offended by this,but I feel that I need to say something. I have been attacked too many times about things that shouldn’t even be an argument. I remember, probably about a year or so ago, I made a post in support of the gay community and got absolutely ATTACKED. I remember most of those attacks were incoherent rambles. I hope that people can understand that LOTS of people can read their comments and will form an opinion of them based on their comments. Let’s think a bit more before we type. Sitting in a chair behind a computer can give someone a lot of courage, and that’s not always a good thing.

I will always have an evolving mind. The world is not stagnant and neither is my mind. My views will always be changing as I acquire more knowledge about the world around me. Let’s open up our eyes and see that change is good. Don’t box yourself into one party and refuse to deviate from their values simply so you can say you’re a “die hard Republican” and stop thinking for yourself.

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3 Replies to “Thinking for Myself”

  1. Couldn’t agree more Jenn! Looking at our political system on the outside looking in, there are truly are a lot of issues we need to resolve. There is always a better way we can strive to.

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