Why You Should Read Politics

Why you should start reading politics today, just like you read sports.

"Regardless of the topic, reading is fun."

In a world of exacerbating daily news and heart-wrenching updates from war-torn countries, and a plethora of corrupted, rigged, and stupid-as-f*ck governments and politicians, it's tough to want to keep up with the dreary politics around the world.

Why would you want to read long political arguments when you can read lighthearted and fun fiction? Why would want to read about the war in Yemen when you can binge-watch videos on YouTube? Where's the fun in knowing what new idiocy Trump is committing in America's idiocracy?

Well, apart from the fact that you'll get a few laughs and facepalms from the surreal news, politics can actually help you in many ways.

Engaging with your community

Here's a little factoid for you: you use politics in every aspect of your life that has to do with "dealing with people." The word politics comes from the Greek polis, which means "the affairs of the state." In ancient times, the affairs of the state meant how to deal with people, and setting principles of life and a code of conduct to organize affairs.

Human life could not be more connected to politics than it is now in 2020; we are deeply connected, in every aspect of our lives, to politics—per today's definition of the word. We are part of a society that is governed by politics, affected by politics, and literally dependent on politics.

Societal prosperity hinges on the efficiency of the political system in the state since the attainment of quality of life pertains to living within an achieving, progressive community. These attributes cannot be acquired without an equally efficient system of governance, which leads us to believe that a corrupted or incompetent political system results in poorer quality of life.

And so when you live your life—go about your daily routine of work and sleep and entertainment—without having a basic knowledge of who is in charge of "policing" and governing you as an individual and if they are doing good, you lose your identity as a member of society.

What politics really means is adjusting your life to man-made law. When this law affects how much you get paid, for example, you are ought to know who stands behind it, who corroborated it, and is it a good regulation? In any case, you need to know if you're able to change it, or if you're able to express your objection toward it.

In order to understand the world around you, you need to have basic knowledge about what is controlling your life. Reading politics enables you to do so. A mere 5-minute skimming of local news will make you aware of what is afoot in the political sphere. Even if this just scratches the surface and doesn't give you the full details of how politics works, at least it gives you a basic understanding.

You'll become more educated

So many people live their lives without a care in the world. They don't know anything about political parties, geopolitical affiliations, or religious-political groups. They don't even really care about this. If there are elections, they vote to whom they have heard or know to be decent and fit.

Unbeknownst to them, these political parties and affiliations can change a lot. People may align with political parties without knowing what they really represent, or what they are trying to change or do in their respective communities.

Reading politics can help you make up your mind. Yes, in this case, formulating thoughts and judging these politicians can actually help you distinguish the good from the bad. You'll be able to decide more logically which party you should vote for, or if you should even vote in the first place.

There is "lit" in "politics"

Have you ever watched a Donald Trump interview? How about a speech from the leader of a local political party? Politics is such an amazing canvas filled with so many laugh-out-loud moments. Put simply, reading (or watching) politics is entertaining.

The funny moments of dumb politicians who can't seem to grasp the fact that they are in charge of whole peoples are entertaining to watch. There are a lot of political satire shows out there who not only make unending fun of their national leaders but also narrate the political events in simpler, more understandable language.

You'll learn from politics

Whether it's the fancy, superfluous language that can help you impress your English teacher, or the DOs and DON'Ts of human interaction, you'll always learn something from reading and watching politics (or any other type of content).

The famous YouTube channel Charisma on Command routinely reviews politicians and presidents (and other celebrities) on how they behave in certain situations and presents a takeaway in either human psychology or simple charisma tactics.

Where to start?

  1. You can start reading local news on politics, either online or from your local newspapers.

  2. You can watch political satire. In English, I recommend John Oliver and Trevor Noah. In Arabic, try Joe Show or Al-Saleet Al-Ekhabri.

  3. Watch & read political informative sites. Try NowThis News, NBC, Vox, and other media channels.

  4. Follow Donald Trump on Twitter. It's a laugh-out-loud playground.

  5. Read books on politics.

This post probably regards U.S. #politics more than others, but that's a personal preference. I find the American political foyer and the eternal feud between Democrats and Republicans to be both interesting and entertaining.

Best #books on politics (in affiliation with Amazon):

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