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Eric's Take on Politics

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Who Does Not Like Laughing Buddha?

Some don't like him because he is Buddhist.

Some don't like him because he is Buddhist.

Who is Represented?

We cannot share our views on issues. It just brings degrading nasty comments from one side or another. If a person wants to talk about an issue they are blown out by hatred for one candidate or another.

Just take climate change. If you have the audacity to see the issue from two sides you either support one candidate or another. The areas of what should be a point of agreement. “We should be working on more efficient and cleaner vehicles.” From one side you would be attacked as you support the president and on the other side you would be attacked for supporting the contender. Same issue. Same undeniable good idea. And yet it is not a point of agreement but one of supporting one side or the other against your hatred.

When there is the impossibility of agreement there is no need to talk. That is just the reality. How do we determine impossibility? Well we look at one side or the other or both hating. One cannot act rationally when one hates. So if you have two sides hating then we know there is no chance of agreement.

We have a representative form of government. Even if our leaders do not necessarily hate one another if their constituents do then they have to represent that hate. People like to blame politicians. That is not entirely fair as politicians need to be elected. So they basically do what their side of the voters want.

What a mess. So the louder the hatred from one side against the other, the further away from compromise politicians have to go. A perfect recipe for non-agreement. I would venture to say that the politicians very seldom get a communication telling them to give up on some points to get agreement.

Our protests lately saw one group not represented. That group would want peace. But the riots were fueled by hate rather than a look for solutions. And as they “represent the people” the politicians galvanized against each other regarding the protests.

If you want to see an underrepresented group it is mine. We can talk without obnoxious comments against an opposing view and more clearly opposing person. We do not shout. But the violence against us forces retreat into silence. What a mess.

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off


Hard to see it all.

Hard to see it all.


I cannot count the people who throw up their hands and retreat saying they won’t engage in it anymore. Only to quickly return to the name calling. Can hatred be an addiction? I like folks who normally are quite loving saying some of the most damning things. Oh make no mistake, they are justified. Really?

Now there is a recognizable disorder regarding “derangement”. Derangement means; Basically an insanity and insanity basically means; irrationality. There are psychologist terms but that is accurate as to how we use it. A “disorder” is a condition where the normal order of things is disrupted. Talking in a normal voice and actually listening is normal. Believe it or not it is. Otherwise we could not function. You cannot order food by yelling and cussing out the server. On both sides we see a disorder apart from normally functioning communication.

Strange those of us who do not have the disorder are the outcasts. To me that would indicate an insane society and perfectly otherwise normal people have it. If you are in it you cannot necessarily see it. Like the above situation where one states they are done with the battle – a moment of clarity perhaps. But then the disorder sucks them back in for more acting on the disorder. Addiction? Sure sounds like an addict.

Hey I have been around a while. And I have had several alcoholic addicts for friends. I loved them but sometimes they would just get “out there” and we could not even talk. Both when they were using or if they were detoxing. And I am telling you many folks are just like it while discussing issues. They just cannot do it without the disorder of no normal communication.

One could say that if their side wins then the disorder would go away. Sorry that is not how addiction works. It is like saying if they get their fix they will be well. The anger in riots for a large part may be due to this sickness. Although it would appear that so many are just taking advantage. But we cannot tell.

John is addicted to the hate. Well that is why I used the example of “alcoholic addict”. The person is looking for an altered state. If it is “hate that person” but that gets you nowhere. No problem you will just find another person/drug. And who knows what you will hate next to get off.


These are real bull contenders.

These are real bull contenders.

Song for Both Sides in the Civil War. Same Song.

I Am Right!

They say that hate makes you see red. Come on now admit it. Every now and then you see red. Something pops up and you just see red and want to crack a head. That is fine and you are in fine company. But if it goes like this; “Every time I…., I just see red.” Maybe turn on the TV news or log into your FB. Here is a cool one. Have you ever noticed that when a loved one does a certain thing, it can either be endearing or drive you nuts. Same activity just a different you. Well that is a normal way of being. That is in the order of things. Getting pissed off every single time is out of order. Every time I hear his voice I get so angry. That is so so much like an addiction.

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Our politics don’t run that way. One day I may be receptive to an idea and the next maybe not so much. Hey, I go down into the city and I get all “green”. I go for a hike and I get all excited that nature is doing so well. Or perhaps there is a breeze off the harbor downtown and the parks are clean. And there is a homeless camp full of litter in my nature. Different results.

Which brings us to homeless. One side shouts “give them enough beds!” And another suggests giving them more money and another advocates for community outreach. All don’t mention mental illness. But one says we need to integrate all the ideas. And still there are some who say “let them sleep and defecate where ever they want”. I can tell you what is wrong with each and what is right with each. And I really don’t give a darn who is advocating what – that is irrelevant. But with all of that too many people want to argue instead of agree we have a problem. They just see red at the person. They want “their” way as THE solution.

The ego is that small part of self that says gimme gimme gimme. A wonderful piece of our psyche – not! Egos do not want to have solutions they want to be right. And the ego leads us to believe that the other side must be wrong for us to be right. The short term concept of “winning” is a ridiculous paradigm except that it gives fuzzy strokes to our ego.

I love to argue. But winning is convincing you. Winning is not degrading, hating or yelling at you. Only two times do I give my ego a voice, yelling and when I stub my toe.

If you fall into the negatives above, give the rest of your self a break and can the ego. Of course the easiest way to do this is laid out well with “love your enemies.”


Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 11, 2020:

Linda we (my boy and I) went through the song "You've Got To Stand for Something" last eve. He looked at me quizzical and asked why I do stuff for mom that does not make sense. I told him to be careful what battles to fight.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 10, 2020:

Your articles are always thought provoking. I certainly agree that we shouldn’t be hateful towards someone who has a different opinion from us and that we should consider their point of view. I do think it’s important that we stand up for what we believe in though.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 10, 2020:

Thanks much Drew that is good of you to drop by and leave a note. I appreciate it.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 10, 2020:

John I agree voting is so important. I think our non-compulsory voting concept comes from a hidden desire not to have uninformed folks voting. Maybe we should revisit the notion.

All of my family and extended vote and we wear our "voted" stickers with pride.

Drew Agravante from Philippines on October 10, 2020:

Very sound Eric! Great and engaging article as usual.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on October 10, 2020:

Eric, this should be read by everyone. It does seem there can be no healthy debate anymore, it always depends into vitriol, name calling, and even sometimes violence. In regard to voting, in our country it is compulsory and if you don’t vote you can be fined. I feel that if you haven’t bothered to vote then you aren’t entitled to complain about the party that wins or any decisions they make.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Mr. Happy it is always a pleasure to have you come by.

Climate change is a compromise issue and always will be. There is a natural irrefutable fact of man. I do not know of one person who in their lives does not compromise on that concept. Impossible not to.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on October 09, 2020:

I like the laughing Buddha. My father who is totally not religious, or spiritual brought home a couple of Buddha pictures and framed them quite attentively ... I think he's losing his mind; in a good way for a change LOL

I always wondered why Buddha has such a big belly though. Most monks, sadhus, hermits and such are generally very thin people. They do not seem to indulge in food much. So, that's an inconsistency in my mind but You might know something different and I welcome any suggestions here.

"Just take climate change. If you have the audacity to see the issue from two sides " - We have a problem nowadays trying to make room for "two sides" always. There are no two sides to the "Earth is round" statement. Sure, there are countless people on the web talking about a flat Earth but come on now ... how much are we going to have to twist ourselves into a pretzel to make room for a flat Earth, for no climate change, for chem trails, for lizard people and other lunatic stories? I really would like to know.

"One cannot act rationally when one hates." - This is not about hate. This is about science. I'm still talking about climate change.

"They say that hate makes you see red. Come on now admit it." - I've seen "red" before but at this point in my life I do not have such strong attachments to anything, to make me see "red".

"But one says we need to integrate all the ideas." - We do, regarding homeless people. Having volunteered the entire last year and up to the pandemic this year, at two homeless shelters, I have seen the mixture. Some people are just down out of luck and ended-up there. Some are refugees. Some are people struggling with addiction. Some are struggling with mental illness and some are struggling with mental illness and addiction. So, many ideas need to be integrated in order to give proper care to people in homeless shelters.

“love your enemies.” - I have no enemies. "Good" and "evil" works well for children's fairy tales but not so much for me. It is too simplistic of a view to label people as "evil", or "good", or "enemies". The closest I come to saying someone is an "enemy" is me saying that someone is misguided. That's as far as I go.

Anyway, there are no two sides to many things but politeness dictates to some people that we should not rock the boat and we should give room for "other opinions". No. The world is not flat and climate change is real. There are no two sides to this. Sorry to burst the bubble. LOL

You have yourself a great weekend! All the very best.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Demas back in about 2000 they basically got rid of any individual engagement with the governance of the internet. We fought the good fight but lost. Many of us predicted this problem and here it is.

We have laws in the common law and statutory that cover this area, but when you are that big -- well.

On economics my wife is more of a "this is the way it is" and I am more of a "this is the way it should be". But then you have to go through what really is and why. Worth it.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on October 09, 2020:

Fb is manipulating their account holders' access to pro-Trump materials. No surprise there. At election time Fb will remind at least 11 million of their like-minded folks to get out and vote. It will take a broad voter base to make up for the actions of the big social media sites. Glad you are discussing the economy and planning to be voting in this election.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Thank you Linda. We are all set to vote. I hope millions more are. My wife and I just spend some good time going through the issue of economics for our nation. We are not in perfect agreement. But it really did not change us much.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Thanks for that Demas. That is a great quote, we should take to heart.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 09, 2020:

Eric, a very timely piece. I'm so weary of the vitriol and hatred. Of course, we're all different, with different opinions! Imagine what a dull place this would be if we were all in lockstep (Stepford Wives style). The only way we can accomplish anything is if we stop shouting at each other and take the time to find the things on which we agree. Go for the positive, not the negative. Just use love. And for goodness sake, VOTE!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on October 09, 2020:

Philippians 4:11 comes to mind, and is one of my favorite scriptures: "....I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." We are having a "warm continuance" here. It will be 79 F. for a brief period today, 50 tonight.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Greg, my wife insists we do it on Nov. 3. But we are already set. I look forward to it.

I am very proud to be able to vote and cherish it.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Flourish, Yes we are in such times. It would just be interesting if not so critical.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Bill I think you are right. And I think another effect of the virus is that more people are paying attention. I hope that helps. I would really like to see more participating.

Hey we are having a cold snap here. It will only get to 78 degrees. :-)

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 09, 2020:

Integrity, service before self and excellence are values I cherish and to which I aspire. Duty, honor, country, too. Vitriol, hate and discontent spewed continuously do not make anyone believe in a person’s dedication to those values, as you’ve rightly noted in this piece. Here’s hoping that this too shall pass. The best way to say what’s on your mind is to quietly fill out your ballot and get it counted, however you’ll do that. I dropped my absentee ballot in the silver box at the courthouse earlier this week.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

A B I thank you for your very true comment. I love a good argument. Emotions I also love. But it is tough to put them together.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Raymond you are so right to expand to most of life. I think I get radicalism but not really there yet.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 09, 2020:

We are in a very precarious moment in history.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Pamela I just do not yell anymore. I asked my wife and son when was the last time I yelled and they could not remember. We can learn so much just by listening, I don't want to miss it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 09, 2020:

I watched a documentary last night about the election process. They said that 94 million voters did not vote in 2016 because, get this, they didn't feel their vote mattered at all. Did it? I think the twin-serpents of apathy and special interest groups have soured a whole lot of voters, and I find that sad.

As always, loved your take on it. I'm looking for integrity in my candidates. It's not always an easy thing to find.

Be well, buddy!

Angie B Williams from Central Florida, USA on October 09, 2020:

I love to debate and discuss, but not everyone does and that's fine. Thank you Lord for creating us each unique to the next!

Because I may disagree...big time, at times ;) that doesn't mean that I do not respect a differing opinion.

Good read Eric.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Devika, our family overseas seems to care as much as we do. It is interesting. Thanks for your comment.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Thank you Liz. I am glad you found it interesting. It seems with our stay at home more people are paying attention.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on October 09, 2020:

Eric, intersesting observations. I must admit I’m so tired of the way many of us have conversations with each other. The middle ground seems lost. And not only in politics. So if you have nothing positive to say, just keep your silence.

Or just love your enemies. Like you said.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 09, 2020:

"Love your enemies" is the most peaceful way to live. I think we should accept the fact that we might have different opinions but we can still care about one another. Eric, your article i crtainly written at a time of chaos in our country. You are doing great if you "yelling and when I stub my toe" is the only way you act out. Haha!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 09, 2020:

Eric It is interesting to know what you have on Your mind about the elections. Most of the world is watching and curious to know about this upcoming events in the USA.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 08, 2020:

This is a very appropriate topic, given your upcoming elections. Interesting thoughts, as ever.

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