Recovering backpacker, Cornwallite at heart, political enthusiast, catalyst, writer, husband, father, community volunteer, unabashedly proud Canadian.
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We have laws that are meant to keep the worst of human behaviour and a predilection towards selfish ignorance in check. Ethics, in theory, are the things which help us manage ourselves in a social context.
Most of the people I know in politics have no direct connection, no personal experiences that relate to the absolute worst humanity is capable of when it puts winning and story-shaping ahead of in-the-now values and ethics. Winning elections is a race, after all - what matters most is getting across the line first.
Election funding rules get skirted. Laws get skirted, or ignored. Corners get cut, memberships get paid for, attacks are personalized on the theory that politics is a blood sport and if you wanna play, you gotta be prepared to give and take some hits.
All's fair in love and the war room, right?
It's this frame of thinking that worries and frustrates me. I know enough about human behaviour to know that such ideologies become hardened over time. As the "stakes" are rhetorically raised, the enemy increasingly demonized, more and more questionable strategies and tactics become acceptable.
We see it happening around us, every day.
Until the people who crave power start recognizing it comes with a hefty responsibility, things are only going to get worse.