- Do you consider yourself to be “political”? Why or why not?
Personally, I do not consider myself to be political. This is due to me not being updated with the recent political news, as well as a lack of political knowledge. In addition, I mostly remain neutral about most political controversies, or rather don’t have an opinion. This can be shown through the Nolan Chart and Political Bias Chart below:
Because I am unfamiliar with the political terms, I researched what it meant to be moderate, or a centrist. Centrist have acceptance towards both left and right-winged ideas, but oppose a massive change, leaning towards either side. Personally, I think I belong to this group. Depending on the issue, I can either be conservative about it or liberal, showing the acceptance of beliefs from both sides. However, I would not want everything to be one-sided, as it would cause an unbalance in views on social issues.
In addition, below is my placement within the Political Compass
I think this graph is not fairly accurate when it comes to representing my political views. I’m placed below and to the left of the origin. This means that I slightly lean left and is partially a libertarian. After searching up the terms, it states, “Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and political freedom, emphasizing free association, freedom of choice, individualism, and voluntary association.” Relating this to myself, I am personally a strong supporter of personal freedom and freedom of choice. However, there are some issues which I think personal freedom would be inefficient, therefore representing my slightly lean towards the left, and not completely.
- Is everything political? Why or why not?
I think different people have different ways to differentiate between whether something is political or not. For example, some people may consider simple things such as air, to be political. These people could make headlines such as “China is purposely trying to ruin our air!”. While these may be completely false news, it could still sway one’s opinion on different political viewpoints. However, there are things that simply cannot be made political such as my cat pooping.
- How important do you feel it is to be aware of what is going on in politics?
I think it is extremely important to be aware of what is going on in politics. There are many issues that affect our everyday life, whether we know it or not. To form an example, the Hong Kong riots. If you were to be traveling through the areas that were controlled by rioters, it would be likely for you to be assaulted. This shows the importance of knowing the political events going on throughout the world so it would ensure your safety.
In addition, I think the most important political issue right now would be global warming. This is due to the fact that this will be a big factor for our later generations and the rest of humanity.