One cute comment I saw on TPUC - he points out that the General Election is an election of the General. And so called Democracy gives you the chance to choose your favourite Dictator. He will of course be dictated to but he will also dictate to his underlings and to us.
There are of course many ways to look at everything. I have asked myself 'How do I perceive this election ? What is the most beneficial way for me ?
One of the themes that come up is that they are yet another distraction from the often painful process of self forgiveness.
Let me explain. I have been struggling for many years to accept my own hypocricy. At this time, the struggle is as acute as ever. Part of me thinks I should leave london , leave my house, go to a commune of some sort, live in a mud house, get off the grid, grow as much of my own food as possible, take my kids out of school etc etc. But here I am ,not having done that.
And when I see the politicians, my ego sees a perfect opportunity to project that guilt outwards onto these people who are in a sense the personification of hypocricy. They are doing the exact things that I hate within myself.
So I can shout and scream about them and strengthen the illusion that they make a difference to my life. That idea is such a load of nonsense because (a) my perspective is what creates my life - what and how I choose to focus on. (b) because my current thoughts inform me that the system was deliberately set up so that the type of people who crave power are the easiest to manipulate. This means that its not them that have caused society to be like it is. Its all the inluences upon them - which are almost entirely hidden. (So when the CONservatives put out an advert that 'Gordon Brown doubled the National debt' they are very cleverly tricking people into believing that he was responsible for it and that Cameron can do anything different)
Or I can choose the far more difficult and painful path of USING them as a trigger. Every time I think about David Cameron, for example, and all the judgements come up (and they can be very viscious in my mind) I stop and ask myself - what am I hating within myself. And I can meditate for a moment and forgive myself for my own hypocricy. Forgive myself for not caring enough about the less fortunate. Forgive myself for allowing myself to be manipulated by others. Forgive myself for putting on an act in public which is so different to how I act in private. So then I can thank David for this opportunity for me to heal myself.
I can say that for me, its a VERY challenging choice and my habit is to blame him and the system and do everything BUT look inside. And of course even that needs to be forgiven.
Happy self forgiving !