A meme that summarizes some of the youth’s view on politics. Photo credit. http://www.deviant.com
Politics, politics, politics. Who is interested in them and who should be interested in them? I realized that many of my friends were not interested in politics and didn’t know much of many political figures. I am not political myself but there is a little knowledge around the topic. We were sitting on campus and the upcoming elections for the student representative council were the topic for the day and the discussion did not go much further. We also discussed global politics, or at least tried to until that discussion also ran out of steam. I realized that they did not know and did not care. I wanted to know if this was only amongst my friends or if it was something around the youth.
I started asking young people about current political affairs, not only in varsity but on a global scale and realized that many young people do not know. The only time they discuss politics is when something is trending on social media or a funny clip of parliament posted on YouTube. Many did not know certain political figures and their office. The youth is interested in ‘who was wearing what’ at a certain event but do not know what is happening in their country. I asked why wasn’t there any interest in politics and the answers were pretty much the same. Politicians speak a very different and difficult language, therefore making them hard to understand and they are boring. Therefore they don’t spark interest and entertain much unless something chaotic or ‘funny’ happens.
Not knowing the ‘not entertaining part’ because politics are pretty much serious, the running of a country cannot be funny and made entertaining, politicians can try speak a language that we all can understand so that people can be interested, learn and participate. Politics should not only be made understandable during election time when politicians or candidates are looking for voters but it should be a daily thing. Politics are for anyone and everyone living in a certain country.