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Passion for Politics
Or lack thereof, as the case may be.

With the inauguration today, I figured I'd ramble about my lack of passion, not just for politics, but for just about everything. Seeing all the hoopla around the election and inauguration just got me thinking.

There are people all over the world who are very passionate about Obama and politics in general. I think that's great and, for the most part, I applaud those people. But politics just doesn't do it for me. In fact, the number one reason that I didn't like Obama was because I had a couple friends who were annoyingly overzealous about him (IMHO). They actually turned me off to the point that I didn't want to hear about him or read about him, and consequently I didn't even know that universal health care was his major platform until AFTER the election.

For the record, though, I do like Obama. It took me a while to warm up to him and get an understanding of what he was saying. Am I a full blown Obama supporter? I don't know, but if I weren't so lazy, I would vote for him.

Do you know who else I like? Al Gore. I didn't realize this until he did a cameo on Futurama, but after seeing his willingness to laugh at himself and seeing his passion in An Inconvenient Truth, I can say that I would vote for him too.

Now the point of all this was to say that I lack passion. Some people are passionate about politics, sports, family, style, music, work, TV, pets, technology or a host of other things. Oh yeah, and God of course. But recently I've found that I don't seem to have passion for anything.

What about cars? Food? Cooking? Japan? God? While I have interests in those areas, sadly I have to say that I'm not passionate about any of it. I seem to have lost it all in the last few years, which is kind of why I stopped exercising and watching my diet. I have this feeling of, "been there, done that." I know I can do it, but the real question is why should I bother?

I dunno, I'm just apathetic about everything right now... so apathetic that I don't even know what else to say at the moment...
Posted 01/20/2009 09:06 PM in Politics, Ramblings | Total Comments: (2)
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I figure if I'm gonna do anything at all, I should be totally passionate about it. It's just too soul-crushing to not be really interested in everything I do. Considering all the trips you've taken recently, I'm guessing this apathy doesn't have to do with not getting to do what you want to do. Maybe you just need more time for yourself, outside of work and long-distance traveling, to reflect and give some meaning to what you do each day. People seem to need vacations from vacations, so going away again is probably not the solution for this problem. Still working long hours?
Submitted by Dan on 01/21/2009 04:43 AM

Work hasn't been too bad... 40-50 hours a week... I haven't particularly felt that I needed a vacation from vacation... more so that vacation just isn't long enough, even though I basically had a vacation every month... three day weekends... now that sounds like a good idea...
Submitted by filbert on 01/21/2009 11:01 PM

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