Why you feel ambivalent about politics

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Feel ambivalent about politics? Me, too.

Is politics...

  • virtuous or corrupting?
  • empowering or disempowering?
  • unifying or divisive?
  • effective or ineffective?

It's both because of several paradoxes inherent in politics:

  • Power: you need it to change the world, but once you have it, are you still going to do that?
  • Aspiration: idealism paints a hopeful future, while realism anchors us in the present
  • Duty: being responsible for the outcomes as well as our means of attaining them
  • Change: personal growth and societal change - is one viable without the other?
  • Humanity: politics is a distinctly human activity, in the best & worst sense
  • Progress: competition fuels innovation, while cooperation builds bridges

The alternative to deciding if it's this or that: both-and-thinking.

2 ways to do this:

Creative integration aka 'the mule':
How can I combine both sides for a better outcome?

Consistent inconsistency aka 'the tightrope walker':
How can I maintain balance over time, even if it looks imbalanced in the moment?

Paradoxes are what make politics so interesting and difficult.

What paradoxes did I miss?

p.s. πŸ‘‡ below, find the latest podcast, what I'm currently reading/listening to and my favourite quote this week

πŸŽ™οΈ My latest podcast

This is a book review of "7 Rules of Power" by Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University:

7 Rules of Power - Book Review
About the episode This is a book review of β€œ7 Rules of Power” by Prof. Jeffrey Pfeffer from Stanford University. I summarize the 7 rules and share what I find helpful and what is missing from this account. Find out more about Jeffrey Pfeffer’s work here: https://jeffreypfeffer.com Find

πŸ“š What I read & listen to

Do you feel skeptical about what the future of AI has in store for us? This conversation with Marc Andreessen (software engineer, venture capitalist and one of the big names in Silicon Valley) might make you more optimistic:

#386 – Marc Andreessen: Future of the Internet, Technology, and AI | Lex Fridman Podcast
Marc Andreessen is the co-creator of Mosaic, co-founder of Netscape, and co-founder of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: – InsideTracker: https://insidetracker.com/lex to get 20% off – ExpressVPN: https://expressvpn.com/lexpod to…

πŸ–‹οΈ My favourite quote

"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me." -
Ayn Rand