Politics Has Nothing To Do With Politics

Unsplash / Jacob Creswick
Unsplash / Jacob Creswick

Here’s a conspiracy that wasn’t just a theory.

From 1942-1945, 130,000 people worked on this project without telling anyone else.

When “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – that’s when the rest of the world found out.

Harry Truman said, “We made a $2 billion scientific gamble…and we won!”

250,000 civilians were killed. That was the metric for winning.

65,000 civilians were killed within three seconds of the bomb dropping on Hiroshima.

Harry Truman was re-elected, then retired. His daughter wrote mystery novels.

That’s politics.

Politics mixed with bureaucracy creates death. Creates delay. Creates debt.

Politics mixed with television creates ratings. Creates advertising dollars. Newspaper stories. Water cooler conversation. Twitter memes.

Each election has to up the ante for entertainment.

People say to me, “Why don’t you vote?”

The role of politics is to help those less fortunate who might not be able to help themselves. This is a very small part of the population

The role of government can be extended to say: don’t murder people or rob from people.

Since 1992, across three presidents, average salary for people ages 18-40 has gone DOWN from $36,000 to $33,000 while student loan debt has gone straight up, inflation has gone up, healthcare costs has gone up, housing costs have gone up.

Who are we doing all of this work for? Who is making the money off of the value you work hard to create?

Gingko Bilboa trees are a species that has been around for 270,000,000 years.

They were the only things that didn’t die during the Hiroshima bombing. They are flourishing in Hiroshima today. Politics didn’t destroy them.

Humans have been around 200,000 years. Maybe we have a few more years to go, give or take. We had an OK run.

Voting won’t stop the tidal wave of politics destroying our species. There are only two gifts you can give that will help society.

Love is the gift you give yourself. Kindness is the gift you give others.

That’s how I try to vote each day. But it’s really difficult and I’m just one vote. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

James Altucher is the author of the bestselling book Choose Yourself, editor at The Altucher Report and host of the popular podcast, The James Altucher Show, which takes you beyond business and entrepreneurship by exploring what it means to be human and achieve well-being in a world that is increasingly complicated.

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