How a 12 year old Thinks About Politics
by Bing • • 39 Comments
While I choose to be apolitical, I cannot rid myself of the reality that I am a part of it. Because how an ordinary citizen thinks and acts in relation to politics matters in the constitution of political policies instituted by the government, just like how politicians work hand in hand with economists and organizations outside the government.
I believe that individuals are motivated to talk, or to speak, to rant and/or write, to act aggressively to pursue a political belief and to organize with a shared interest or purpose because of a need. The need to understand sources and consequences of political stability and revolution, of repression and liberty, of equality and inequality, of war and peace, of democracy and dictatorship (© 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved) is therefore a motivation. But it also suggests that the world of politics is complex.
With that in mind, I was not encouraged to write about the current political issues though sometimes I would discuss it with Papsie and some friends. I also discuss it with my kids. But still I do not have the courage to write because I was practically intimidated with the ideas of individuals like Jove, Punzi, Angelo and Major Tom, to mention a few. I had this thinking that I would end up an imbecile airing my views about it, or a protagonist of this or that side. It was really an uneasy thought.
Then one day before the SONA, Daryl told me that he would want to have his own blog site. I told him to go on and he replied that he would write something about politics. I shrugged off what I heard and thought of checking it later.
People, you have to check this out – Politics, From My Point of View – written by Daryl. I felt ashamed that I could not write what I believe in. And here is my son, airing, ranting, and speaking his mind out with the courage of a child. After reading that piece, though I know it is not as perfect as it should be, I felt a sense of delight of how I am molding my kids into responsible individuals. Daryl may not be as active as Kay in school activities but he has a mind of his own, has mature opinions compared to some grown-ups, and has that guts to stick to what he believes in.
Maybe Nico was right saying my kids are my jewels.
(Please leave a note in his My Mind As It Is blog when you visit. I know he would appreciate it very much and would encourage him to write more. Thank you very much.)