I just had an interesting conversation with a fellow student who said that he doesn’t care about politics because politics doesn’t affect his everyday life. He doesn’t see how it has any bearing on his day-to-day decision making, and thus could care less.
Granted, it may be hard to see how the decisions and intentions of men up on a white hill somewhere could have any direct impact on our “daily lives”, but my next question is:
If we wait until the consequences of the politicians’ decisions trickle down to the extent of affecting our everyday lives, won’t it be too late for us to effectively do anything about it? Wouldn’t you want to know beforehand that the train is coming versus finding out as it bears down upon you? Contrary to the misguided adage, ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance doesn’t protect you. Ignorance costs lives.