“Politics (from Greek: Politiká: Politika, definition “affairs of the cities”) is the process of making decisions applying to all members of each group. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (this is usually a hierarchically organized population) as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics
The last few years, I’ve gradually stepped aside of all political debates, at least, that’s been my intention. When I was in law school there was a time I thought that I had to be updated in daily political news, after all, my plan was to work as a lawyer someday and laws are always changing (especially in little third world countries like my dear Ecuador) that’s why to be aware of what’s currently happening in my country and the world, just made sense. I started to follow the news, it was exciting, I found lots of intelligent people, you could easily pick up a vibe and start to divide the participants between good guys and bad, there was information everywhere and after a few weeks I even started to feel smarter. It became pretty clear that the government of ‘Alianza País’ led by the president Rafael Correa, were involved in a race to get control of all the powers of the Estate, but in a disguised way, backed up by the constitution they’ve changed to their will. This was heavily criticized from the beginning, even before the change of the constitution, the opposition had some of the smartest people at their disposal, and I thought we had a chance.
But with the passing of time nothing concrete was achieved, it appeared I was always on the losing side, and it became a little depressing, like a never-ending soap opera with no happy ending to be expected. I had still some hopes, but they were gradually killed by the fact that the government started to take over the media, and all news had to fit into the government requirements, which basically meant that if you’re news weren’t going to show a positive aspect of the government or a negative aspect of the opposition, they were soon to be taken out of the air, a big lawsuit was coming your way (or a direct fine if you were lucky) and not so subtle threats to you or your family were to be expected. This transformed the TV news in a continuous propaganda in favor of the government, and after a few weeks of it I was physically sick from it, headaches and anger were becoming more and more common, particularly when I started to see that this propaganda was actually drilling people’s minds, the majority believed all the bullshit they were served, so in order to avoid becoming a maniac that tries to insert some sense in other people mind’s with a bat or a gun (face it, we’ve all thought about it at some point), I decided to avoid politics at all costs.
Time has passed and after 10 years of the same, now that terrible politics are submerging the country in debt and unemployment, I’ve stumbled in social media with some critics that actually make sense, finally people are waking up, not everybody, not at the rhythm I’d like to, but it felt like there was hope again to see a change.
It was election time just a few weeks ago, tension was at its peak, and the whispers of a fraud from the government were everywhere, I got hooked again, and now in the shape of a social media follower. Fraud took place, protests went to the streets but the government managed to keep them down by force and now it seems again that my little country is in the hands of the same dictatorship of the last 10 years, we’re heading surprisingly fast to become Venezuela, which btw is in the fast track to become Cuba. And once again, I hate politics, I must remember not to get my hopes up, and try to find a way to survive, democracy works when the big majority isn’t stupid enough to be convinced by thieves, again and again and again, and those that are able to see them like they really are, shouldn’t pay the price of being in the same boat, but sadly we are, so if you´re like me I recommend to stay away from politics, and focus more on saving yourself, after all, it’s not in your hands.
In case somebody is curious about the story behind the post: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/opposition-alleges-fraud-ecuador-presidential-vote-170403032910316.html