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Politics in the Future: On the Dreams of a Distant Sunrise

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To even consider what the political landscape will resemble in the future is akin to gazing wistfully at the dwindling remnants of a spectacular sunset.

The sunset is representative of what was — the day which is now drawing to a close — and the dark sky overhead a symbol of the transitional period between the immediate present and ultimate future, with the next sunrise being said future. While we can dream of what fortunes this sunrise will bring, none of us will be able to stop it from physically taking place. All that can truly be done is a long and strenuous period of work through the night to ensure that whatever comes our way is, at the very least, marginally positive in nature. Of course, with scores of others trying to mold the future in their desired form as well, no one person will ever get everything that he or she wishes for. This is why compromise must occur, for if it does not, then conflict is inevitable — a scenario in which all parties concerned lose.

As has been glaringly displayed throughout American political history, compromise is a perpetually lost art of sorts. While everyone knows how to practice it, far too few a number choose to. Making matters worse is that an increasing amount opt to reject it outright as an invalid or inferior manner of going about the taxpayers’ business. Sadly, it would seem that the prevailing trend is to govern by way of mob rule; a tactic which has been tried over the centuries and always resulted in failure on a comprehensive level, such as, amongst many other things, armed revolution and total economic breakdown. If we do not take note of the hard lessons which have been taught to us by the course of humanity itself, then we have much to fear from the coming sunrise. Should we choose to act in our best interests, however, and understand the need for negotiation as opposed to fighting, there will be no need to feel anything other than joyous anticipation for what lies beyond the break of dawn.

In the meanwhile, at least from where I stand, the sun continues to descend on the horizon, and nightfall is quickly enveloping the land. With a majestic star-lit ceiling as its only limit, it presents us with a wealth of opportunities.

What will we make of them? 

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About Joseph F. Cotto

  • Baronius

    Joseph, I’m determined not to let you turn me into a troll, but I always seem to write complaints about your articles. Allow me to ask one question: why does conflict mean that everyone loses? Every political act involves some compromise and some conflict. It’s simplistic to denounce political competition and endorse political cooperation. I know that you believe some things to be worth fighting for, so it isn’t like you even believe the argument you’re making.

    Maybe we could come to agreement on the following notion: that uncivil political conflict creates an obstacle to future cooperation, but civil political conflict allows the normal pattern of conflict and compromise to continue.