For those who play in Virtual Reality, one challenge is that it can cause motion sickness.
What happens is that once you put on a headset your visual sensors (eyes) see action and take in movement, but your body isn’t actually moving, or at least not moving to the degree of what you are seeing. Your brain takes this mismatch of information and sends signals to the rest of your body, to tell it you have been poisoned. So, your body reacts. You feel sick, nauseated, and you may even throw up.
As I have been traveling through Counties in this campaign, the energy is real. Several people have claimed that a Blue Wave is coming. But as I reflect, I want to try and put this energy in some larger context. Is this simply a reaction to one individual or is it a reaction to a sick political system? Maybe this is our political body’s reaction to a mismatch of policy to what we are experiencing in our everyday lives.
As a reaction, should it be considered a positive end to a temporary problem, like expelling some poisonous food? Or is it merely a symptom of some larger illness?
Now, I am not so naïve to think that this energy can’t be good. It can remove toxins from our political body. But what is the nature of the disease? Is this a localized infection or an aggressive cancer? Taking this one step further, where do candidate politics and political narratives come into play? In other words, are candidates and parties out there saying, “Take me: I am the coughing, aching, sneezing, so you can rest medicine”? Are candidates and parties, looking to use this energy to get you to buy them as a product? But are we buying political products for our reactive symptoms, all the while leaving the disease unaddressed?
You see, if the prognosis is that we feel ill due to serious trouble in both our government and economic systems, then are we ready to do the work? Are we going to have a level of self-awareness, that while resistance narratives may give us something for the pain, ultimately we will have to politically lose weight, stop smoking, stop drinking, start exercising? What level of engagement will there be after election day? Has the “don’t boo, vote” messaging of our party, set the expectation that engagement ends at the ballot box? To put it differently, waves have a high point and low point. Should we look for politicians who are looking to ride a wave or those concerned about the level of policy and engagement once the wave subsides? Do we deserve a grounded discussion on a cure, and if we ignore this discussion, does it result in our own peril?