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Stop Saying You Don't Do Politics

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Stop Saying You Don't Do Politics
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Stop saying you don’t do politics. As if politics is a choice—something you can “do” and “not do.” As if your life isn’t affected by the government. As if you’re some otherworldly being above the whims of feeble humans.

Stop it.

I’m not here to convince you that you have an interest in changing the government or how you interact with the government. You don’t care about politics because it doesn’t hurt you enough for you to care.

It hasn’t taken away your family because they were “illegal.” It hasn’t criminalized you for the color of your skin. It hasn’t barred you from bodily autonomy. It hasn’t declared your love lesser than other love. It hasn’t claimed your land and slaughtered your ancestors.

No. It really hasn’t.

But it has for others.

The world does not revolve around you. Do you understand what that truly means? That there are others. Others. Not you.

And say you were “unlucky” and born as they were, would you want the world to change? Would you care about politics?

I’m not asking you to care about politics because it affects you. I’m asking you to care about politics because it affects other people.

And our world cannot persist if we don’t care about other people.

Michel Liao

Michel Liao

Boise, Idaho, United States
Hello! I'm a sophomore studying computer science at Princeton. I like reading, rock climbing, and running.