To be honest, today I had planned to assemble an essay about Jim Acosta and Jeff Sessions, and the blah, blah, blah about what morons they both are. In summation, all I can say about both is good riddance to bad rubbish. Instead, I would like to focus your attention on a larger, more generalized topic. Mainly, how big is your bubble?
What is your “bubble”, you ask? It’s the sphere of influence you have, as well as the ideological, social, historical,and political realm you inhabit. Whether you’re on the left or in the political middle, and especially if you’reto the right of that, the world around you dictates the size of the “bubble” you inhabit. To the shock and surprise of many, those that find themselves in the center/right category have an enormous bubble compared to those on the left. Why?
If you’re on the right, you are bombarded with leftist propaganda from every angle. Your entertainment, whether audio or visual, is soaked in the hysterical political views of the left. Those that you have depended upon for your escape from reality have decided to inundate you with their adolescent world-view and “social justice” platform. Even the supposedly right-wing Fox News has a 52% negative coverage rate of the current administration. Everywhere else…..TV, movies, music, video games, social media….is an outlet for radical and destructive progressive philosophies. There is no need to tune into CNN or MSNBC to get the perspective of the left and the democrat party, it is inescapable and unrelenting.
However, if you’re a lefty or progressive, your “bubble” is down-right claustrophobic. Whether you’re a student, journalist, professor, celebrity, city snob, or just a suburban prog, you inhabit a world in which every aspect of life sings in harmony with your political ideas. Every day, every conversation, and every relationship reinforces the narrative that you have swallowed without question…..and all of the corporate media and entertainment you consume does the same. Like a nervous pooch in a “Thundershirt(TM)”, the leftist is warmly embraced by, and ensconced in, their beliefs. How nice it must be to not live in fear of your neighbors, friends, and employers for your ideas, right?
All of this goes to inform my larger point. Ask yourself, “Do I see, hear, and understand those that I disagree with and what informs them?”. “Have I lost perspective?”. “Am I historically informed and able to argue my ideas without demonizing and dehumanizing those I disagree with?”. And most importantly, “Am I exposed to, open to, or even aware of the opinions – whether I find them valid or not – of my political opponents?”. “Have I left any room for agreement or compromise with those I disagree with, and if not, who benefits from that position?”. So again, and finally, I ask you – how big is your bubble?
“Bubble – A place or position that is protected from danger or unpleasant reality….” – Oxford English Dictionary