Where There Were No Doors

Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before - Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

A reason to enter politics

When I was in highschool, my history teacher (who I got on very well with) told me that I should go into politics. I think the fact that we agreed on pretty much everything (he was something of a radical) might have had something to do with it. Also, I didn't have a big problem getting on stage and addressing an audience back then... in fact, I could be quite good at it when I was on form... so it was actually something I considered.

But ultimately I rejected the idea. Party politics is too constrictive for someone like me. And I don't quite have the ego of Kilroy-Silk and his Veritas party... so starting my own party was never really an option. Plus I don't like what power does to people. And to be honest, my past wouldn't stand up to tabloid scrutiny. Too much dodginess... all manner of stuff could be splashed across the front page of The Sun to scare voters away. All victimless stuff of course (unless you're not as anti-capitalist as me, and consider large corporations to be capable of victim status). But that never stopped the tabloid press from ripping a person's life to shreds and branding them as evil.

However, it's just come to my attention that perhaps I made the wrong decision. And perhaps I should try to seize power (through some means or another). You see, it turns out that quite aside from all the hassle, hypocrisy and holier-than-thou-isms of politics, there is a serious "up" side.

No, I'm not talking about being able to scrap nuclear weapons, or withdraw troops from battlezones, or raising taxes on the rich... I'm talking about the fact that Tony Blair is apparently in a position to invite David Bowie over for dinner, and have him accept!

That's a damn good reason for becoming Prime Minister.

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