How do we become the political animals we are?
I would imagine that across the political spectrum there are those of us who are intelligent, inventive, radical and just plain dumb. Do we become so entrenched in our views of the world that nothing will divert our thoughts from the path we choose to travel? It is fascinating that many of us live in the same environment, work in similar occupations, enjoy similar social and sporting occasions and yet are so opposed politically. Why is this? I don’t pretend to have the answer but I believe that one’s life experiences can impact on one’s political outlook.
But even that raises contradictions. Take John Key as an example. Brought up in a state house, by a solo parent (without government financial support), and yet he embraced capitalism which enabled him to become extremely wealthy and eventually become a very popular National Prime Minister. He viewed his upbringing as glass half full. He witnessed sacrifice, extreme toil and commitment from his dedicated mother. This example suggests that hard work, regardless of its social status, will reap its rewards. Read more »