As one can see from my test results above, I am a left-leaning centrist (at least I consider myself to be one) and can generally be grouped into the “moderates.” My political bias test is exactly the average, which worries me because I previously considered myself to be less biased than the average person – I guess I was wrong. Despite that, I think that I posses adequate self-awareness about my political alignment and was not surprised by the results of these tests. Socially, I lean to the left. Economically, I am more to the center. Not too surprising. Interestingly, according to the Political Compass’ website, my results were extremely similar to Gandhi’s political alignments – I’ll definitely look more into that. I am not too informed on Gandhi’s economic policies and would love to know more about them.
I do not consider myself to be a “political” person. To me, being “political” implies active participation and a personal stake in the political process. If I were to actively campaign for an individual/movement – or even donate a substantial amount of money to that movement – I could consider myself to be “political.” However, I am doing neither of those things and, although following the news, am not proactively seeking political involvement. Maybe in the future… hahaha.
Although not being “political,” per se, I think it is extremely important to follow the world around you. In doing so, you are gaining knowledge and understanding of the world around you which may benefit you economically and physically in the future. Politics plays an integral part in all of our lives and knowing how that may effect you is crucial to leading an educated existence. I consider following to news to be the “duty” of any global citizen – one must understand their environment in order to contribute to it.
An understanding of politics allows one to better integrate themselves into society and become more socially aware in their personal lives. As different subject matters are brought into the spotlight (such as #BLM or #metoo), one is able to constantly revise and update their belief in respond to new knowledge and a deeper understanding of problems. As a result, one may become more sensitive to the problems of other, leading to compassion – and for politicians – the creation of better policy.