In the political climate of today, there are few choices that leave a good taste in your mouth. There is a bad candidate, and a worse candidate. How do you choose?

For info on the Democratic convention:

http://www.phldnc.com/

For info on the Republican convention:

http://www.convention.gop/

I will let you decide which to choose. I will offer my opinion, of course, but I expect you to make up your own mind — according to your own moral and political compass.

I find it abhorrent that we are only offered these two candidates to help shape the future of our great nation. It is appalling that of all the people that could have made it this far, these are the two that made it. Terribly sad if you ask me. On the one hand, we have an astute businessman with no, as of yet, political experience. He says some very quotable things and seems to be all over the page in views and political rhetoric. On the other hand, you have an experienced politician who seems to feel she is owed the presidency. Someone who has been in politics so long, almost everyone probably owes her a favor by now, and it seems she intends to collect.

What troubles me more about all of this is that so many people in this country today do not know who they are or what they want. They have spent the majority of their life reacting to everything without any real sense of what any of it really means. They hear the buzz words, know how they make them feel, and that is about as far as it goes. People are so inundated with social media, commercialism, political agendas, religious fervor, violence, sports (or other) fanaticism, and violent stupidity.

I use the words “violent stupidity” as a way to express how far down the road we have gone. We are so worried about how many likes, views, and tweets we will get more than the actual content we are sending around. How many people actually open links before they resend them? They see a tag line, browse the title and think they know what is going on in the post. I shared this post in my personal Facebook page:¬†https://www.facebook.com/DanielLJohnson99000?fref=nf&pnref=story.

This proves that many people do not really look into a story or link before sending it to everyone they know. They see it, think, “this looks interesting” and click post or share. It constantly amazes me that people will talk to others about something like they know what they are talking about, yet have no real clue. When I write or talk about something, I usually let people know when I don’t have much to go on. I will use words like, “this is what I heard”, or I will ask questions to find out more.

As I wrote in my Meaning of Life post, I think it is paramount for people to get to know who they are and to start acting, rather than reacting. If all anyone does is react to things, they will constantly be in a state of flux. They won’t have any real direction, because they don’t know what they want. They don’t know what they want because they don’t know who they are. Some things about a person can only be determined in the crucible of a direct trial. By this, I mean that they won’t know how they will react to something until it happens. There are things that can be done to give a foundation for what a person might be more likely to do, however. A plan can be made if you know who you are and what you want. Then you can choose to not react to everything you see, only those things really important to you.

Let’s talk about choices in more depth now. Everything in life comes down to a series of choices. What you believe in, who you trust, what kind of person you associate with, all the way down to your happiness is a choice. You read that right.¬†Your happiness is a choice. What you deem to be important and worthwhile are all choices. What you determine to be aspects of happiness are things you choose. Therefore, you choose to be happy or not. If you are in a situation that does not meet the criteria for you to be happy, then you have to have the courage to change them. Change is a scary thing to most people, which is why so many people are unhappy, but it must be done to achieve whatever it is that makes you feel adequate or complete. Be strong, my fellow Americans. Choose a path that is right for you and go for it.