Politics refers to the study of power and how it is lost or gained. The context surrounding it varies greatly depending on the scale, ranging from local bowling club elections to presidential elections. However, the core idea of determining how groups of people make decisions remains consistent. In the modern world, politics usually boils down to opinions on the government and what the ideal way to run a country is. Because of this complex system that is the government, everyone has unique opinions on how to ideally run it, and thus begins many arguments in the process. Because of these debates that naturally arise from conflicting opinions, I’ve opted to stay out of politics or political discussions. The definition of being a “political” person is subjective to each person, but to me, it has a negative connotation, as I expect a political person would go out of their way to bring politics into casual discussions to prove a point or convince someone else to match their political opinion. By this definition, I am not a very political person. I am not very informed about topics of politics to make opinions either, let alone share them to other people. In my opinion, the statement that “everything is political” is generally untrue. While human decision making is generally governed by politics, not everything in the world is due to human decision making. The fact that the sun rises at one end and sets in another is not due to human influence, and thus is not political. So it is safe to say knowledge not governed by human decision making (except for the establishment of the phenomena as a “fact”) is not political. A higher awareness in politics does indeed raise the political participation, and thus results that people are generally more happy with. While this is wonderful, it also does come with some downsides, mainly within casual discussions. The main concern that I have with political awareness is the fact that this also increases extremism in politics. As we have seen over the years, with the help of social media, extremism has been a rising trend in political parties, in both left and right. These followers extremist ideologies rarely are people open to other opinions, but rather people who chose to ignore or hate a group of people for their own benefit. Clearly, this would not be healthy for the political environment. Generally, one should be informed of what is going on in the political landscape of their own country, and other countries if possible, do their own research, and form their own opinions without having to blindly follow or censor different groups of people. Currently, there has been a huge surge in news covering the COVID-19 pandemic and different reputable or non-reputable sources that people get news from.The 5-G coronavirus conspiracists is an example of these people who have been manipulated by non-reputable news sources.
Based on the tests I’ve taken, I am a left leaning libertarian, moderate, and not well informed in politics at all. And thus, I scored 0% on political bias. So when it comes to controversial topics, I should be able to do my own research and conclude on my own reasons and opinions. But because I am left leaning, I would be more susceptible to manipulation in the left wing media. For example, I would be more favorable towards socialist political choices such as free or cheaper healthcare. However, the knowledge of the political status quo is important in making political decisions, so I would not be good in forming well-rounded political opinions.