Divine Disorder of Political Campaigns

JN October 26, 2012 0
Divine Disorder of Political Campaigns

Am I the only one enjoying this election season?  It appears so. I feel alone in my admiration of this political theatre, the healthy absurdity rubbing up against the winner-take-all mentality that drives great numbers of people beyond the point of angry deafness, missing all that is amazing in this time tested process.

Engaged voters keep waiting for perfect answers from non-perfect people, from a non-perfect process.  They feel sour, upside down, unheard, confused.  The fact that they’re not alone offers little solace to the frustrated.

It is collectively agreed we’ve lost our humor about this process, our healthy expectations on the sport of elections seems to have evaporated.  We seem highly invested in our team winning.  We seem to think it makes a difference.

To this point, there is much here you might think I don’t understand and you’ll be wrong.  I’m aware whenever I’m being manipulated, when fear is supposed to make me think and behave a certain way.  I am not talking about Hitler’s rule or Rome’s fall…lets not veer sideways.   I’m writing about this election cycle.

Some pundits and pollsters would have us believe that a great number of citizen voters are headless, guileless, brainwashed.  It appears the art of comment, as well as the science of census, has reduced certain voters into a flat, hard unbending predictable surface, devoid of surprise, evolution and change.   Think about how utterly strange that is.

This is more about “democracy being messy” then how sausage is made, but the analogy stands…it’s how you choose to view the process as well as the  pageantry.  If you wait for perfect weather you’ll miss the parade.

I have access to as many cable stations as the next guy and I’ve yet to see any of them report on what’s amazing, elevating and fun about this process.  Not a one.  I rather enjoy reminding myself that I’m a human being and not a network.

And if I’m not buying joyless, my guess is that they’ll stop trying to sell it.

Those highly invested in either yelling or pouting about the ways we elect our leaders should be spanked vigorously and sent to bed with no dinner — umm, the populace, not the leaders.

Now think about this…the process behind design is often random and confusing.  It can be overcooked, backwards, messy and unfulfilling.  It can also sharpen our curiosity, elevate our focus and demand more from us.  Like elections.

Campaigns are never perfect design and rarely are they good design.   They’re great because they ask more from us, and us from them.  When great design works, it is always in support of grace.  Time has proven that.  For those engaged, these debates, this campaign and this election asks us to think and behave on a larger human level.  They also give us opportunities to change and challenge our own minds, alter, improve and discard old ways of thinking, revisit what’s truly important at this moment in time.  Your time.  Our time.

One strong example of great design is to be around someone who’s experienced loss, often great loss, and come out the other side with a deep understanding of grace and balance.  The long view.  We spend a large amount of time making the wrong things important, at the expense of our objectivity and critical thinking.  Such a waste, especially if the cycle feeds only on itself.  Like elections.

I write this with a clear understanding that I’ve probably change no ones mind.  Fine.  But I know that deep down in our DNA we have the ability to remain curious, trust the process and find the grace to show it, no matter the outcome.  And that’s always great design.

Joseph Noble, Editor-in-Chief