A sick society must think much about politics, as a sick man must think much about his digestion; to ignore the subject may be fatal cowardice for one as for the other. But if either comes to regard it as the natural food of the mind—if either forgets that we think of such things only in order to be able to think of something else—then what was undertaken for the sake of health has become itself a new and deadly disease. — C.S. Lewis
This time around, we are presented with the prospect of choosing the lesser of two evils. I choose neither.
This election season, I choose to focus on the "natural food of the mind." The sorry state of our current political parties is a symptom, not a cause, of our country's--our civilization's--sickness. I will look elsewhere for the cure. No politician, no political party, possesses the remedy. It is not that I do not think that we should think about politics at all. Rather, I see nothing in either primary (or any secondary) candidate, or in any political party, major or minor, that will cure what ails us as a people.
Each of us who claims to be "a believer" needs to start acting like we actually believe. We need to concentrate on the small corner of the universe that we touch, and the first things, the permanent things. For a Christian, that starts and ends with Christ.
If we have a chance of redeeming the time, it won't be by writing essays extolling the virtues or vices of any specific candidate, party, or political creed. It will be by trying to remove as many barriers as we can to allowing God into our personal lives, and letting whatever light results from the flame that is thus ignited radiate outward like ripples in the water.
At least, that's my story and--for now--I'm sticking to it.
“The greatest blizzards start with the finest snow.”
--Mark Helprin, Memoir from Antproof Case