Around election times, chances are high you will engage in a conversation discussing some type of political issue. From my personal experience with these conversations, I realize — political parties aside — everyone wants things to change. Whether it be fewer taxes or a new bill, everybody desires change, but no one wants to do what it takes.
Here’s Why Change is Important
Given the opportunity, anyone and everyone will tell you about something they wish were different about the government. This habit — surprisingly — is quite healthy.
Change is comparable to evolution. Both take what has worked and what hasn’t in the past. Clear out the faults and weaknesses replacing with, or leaving, only the strengths.
The only difference is Mother Nature does not seem to forget her history. Whereas us humans seem to repeat the very history we condemn.
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Here’s Why Nothing Changes
When I observe society’s desire for change, I notice that it is quite counterintuitive regarding our hunger for routine.
Here’s what I mean.
We, the people, created a model of what a president should be. Honorable, intelligent, and, well, presidential. Our model of what a president should be does not take in political parties. It is merely a model of characteristics. Looking at all 45 presidents, only a few fall out of the standard — most recently Donald Trump.
This universal standard is critical to making sure our chief in command is worthy and capable of running the United States. But the model also keeps much change from happening.
Some presidential candidates promise extraordinary progress, yet they are hardly ever favored.
This year, 2020, Bernie Sanders — a U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential candidate — has a significant focus on free college education. To me and the other college students and graduates, this is a fantastic idea, but to adults, he is a socialist with wild hopes and dreams.
Adults ask questions like, “Well where will the money come from?” “More taxes? No way, I pay too much already.” Too many variables — to the older, more cautious generations — means too many chances for things to go wrong.
And this is the reason change hardly comes. The older generations — gen. x and earlier — find variables offsetting. They find candidates that fit the presidential model much more favorable.
People’s desire for normalcy does not play well with their willingness to change. In fact, the desire for comfortability hinders change.
Here is an example of a relatable, comfortable politician.
Joe Biden — vice president under Barack Obama and 2020 presidential candidate — falls right into the presidential mold. People look at him and see someone that reminds them of their grandparents. And he reminds people of Barack Obama. It may be comforting, but it is not what brings change.
How To Bring Change
I believe that when the new generations begin to fill in political positions such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, change will be inevitable.
The new generations — millennials and gen. z —are increasingly embracing the change. We see the different variables that politicians bring as a chance for genuine change.
Fortunately, we do not have to wait for the new generations to come into play.
Next time you sit down to decide who or what you are going to vote for, take a chance on someone or something that has maybe one too many uncertainties than you are used to.
It will be something that you will have to get used to. But it is a good all-around principle that applies to our daily lives outside of politics.
The comfort zone is one’s worst enemy when it comes to progress. From meditating every day to pushing yourself in your workouts, the discomfort will only make you better.
Next time you find yourself deciding between what legislation or candidate to vote for, remember a little discomfort can make the most significant changes.