The Important Things in Life


“To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country, and to mankind.” ~ Edmund Burke

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This may seem like a strange thing to write in a political blog, but we should all care less about politics. Conservatives often talk about our desire for limited government and why that is important, but that is still placing the focus on government. In a conservative utopia, the vast majority of Americans would go about their day barely thinking about the government because it has a minimal impact on their lives. Ah, to dream.

Instead, our focus should be on what is most important: family and friends, the PTA, churches, masonic lodges, charities, the boy/girl scouts, sports, and all the other organizations that give life meaning. All of these should be more important than what the president or a senator has to say.

This is not to imply that the words and deeds of our political leaders are inconsequential, or ever could be even in a government that has been shrunk to its proper role. Government will always have a significant impact on our lives and remain interesting to political junkies such as myself. This is merely to say that politics should be placed in its proper context.

For most of us, our loyalties and affections are a series of concentric rings, beginning with family and working out towards the world. It is therefore important to put our focus on the innermost rings that make up civil society before expanding outward. Focusing on the government before civil society is like skipping a step in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Sure, it’s possible; but it’s not going to end well.

Normally, I end my posts with a suggestion or a request to think about something from a different point of view or act a certain way. Instead, I will end this post by taking my own advice. Instead of talking about politics, I will simply wish my mother a happy birthday. I love you, mom.