Many times I’ve heard bloggers and commentators write that everyone who isn’t active in politics is the cause of the problem with society. It’s because these people aren’t bothered about their country or society that the elite have managed to get away with running the country into the ground.
For those who discuss political issues it seems that they are the pretty important things in their lives. Sometimes so important to the exclusion of all other interests that it takes over their lives. More commonly it means that anything in normal life is twisted into a political point. Because it is such a strong interest they can’t understand why no one else sees the importance of the issues.
From the highly opinionated standpoint of such bloggers and columnists it’s understandable that they get frustrated by all the people who don’t follow the plan to overthrow the government. If only they joined the cause then there could have a proper vote to remove the useless politicians from government. Instead we are left with a declining proportion of voters in the electorate.
They call these non-interested people sheeple, plebs, and proles in a derogatory manner. But is it fair to call the rest of the population such names? They probably have more important things to think of in their own lives than something as niche an interest such as politics.
But is it because everyone else doesn’t care or might they feel as strongly but not actually be that vocal?
I suspect the latter.
Take for example this blog. It might seem like it’s only visited by a small number of regulars with a few more who visit infrequently. But what might not be realised is that there are many many visitors to this site who have visited hundreds of times but who have never left a comment of their own. The fact that they visit means that they have some interest in the issues. But does the fact that they don’t comment make them sheeple?
Then there is the attitude that such proles are stupid and dumb and only those who are discussing such intellectual political ideas are the intelligent people. Therefore they should be the ones deciding how the country is run and the plebs should sit back and let the brilliant people use their brains and fix the country.
But is that fair? Most of the proles are probably university educated and highly intelligent but find no interest in politics. They might find more interest in their hobbies which takes over their lives to the exclusion of all other issues and that it takes over their lives. More commonly it means that anything in normal life is based around their hobby. Because it is such a strong interest they can’t understand why no one else sees the importance of their hobby.