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The Polarisation of Politics


This opinion piece wonders whether a different perspective is reason enough to create great divides.

Meghna Mathur


The combination of vowels and consonants that string up words like “Donald Trump” or “Farmer’s Protest” or “China” often release a plethora of emotions that contrast each other greatly. Some will roll their eyes while others will passionately show signs of respect, and more times than not, it will lead to a jostling verbal brawl with your friend, foe, family, or, if you’re adventurous enough to use your keyboard as a sword, a stranger on social media.


It is futile to pretend that we’ve never been outraged by someone’s ‘insensitive’ comments. I know I have. But, at the end of the day, after the debates, it is evident to me that the friend I was arguing with shared a million more commonalities with me than Donald Trump. There’s this one quote I have learned to cherish which, if paraphrased, tells us that American and Iranian citizens have more in common than they have with their country’s politicians, and the politicians have more in common with their sworn enemies than they have with the people they promised to serve.



So, why have we been pushed into separate, misleading boxes that have taught us to villainise each other? In this new age of easily accessible communication, we have assumed that all who have a different opinion oppose us. Many have shed a blinding spotlight on our differences, so that our similarities are rendered invisible. Humans are contradictory creatures by nature, but on the other side of this contradiction is our ability to work together, as one. We are individualistic creatures, yet we thrive in symbiosis. No two people are the same. Yes, when we first arrived as clueless infants, we were all blank canvases. But, our experiences have painted our canvases into different paintings. These experiences have molded our beliefs and opinions, and sometimes we share the same experiences. Therefore, we are all entitled to our beliefs that are not just black and white. We must balance our differences and similarities and realise that a varying opinion isn’t a stance of opposition, it is just a different viewpoint. We are all intertwined. Hurting one would mean hurting yourself. And, the only way you can rise is if everyone else rises too.



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