A layman's perspective on religion and politics.

What Are Politics? (Part 1)

Mahatma Ghandi QuotePolitics like religion plays a highly influential and forceful role in how we live as human beings. The ideas and beliefs of individuals and/or groups of individuals (political parties) of how governing should be done in a community or state is one aspect of politics. These ideas and beliefs often bring about varied and heated debates among individuals and groups (political parties) due to the differences expressed in their ideas and beliefs.  History shows that when one nation refuses to accept the politics of another, hot war (United States and Vietnam) or cold war (United States and Soviet Union) between these nations can occur. The Civil War of the United States of America (1861-1865) shows that political differences within a nation can occur after much debate over beliefs and ideas on how governing should be done. This period also puts on display the power and influence of religious convictions merging with political ideas and the subsequent results (war).  The differences between the ideas and beliefs of the Republicans (north) and Democrats (south) during that period were so strong and uncompromising that war became the only means to see whose ideas and beliefs would prevail. Hundreds of thousands lost there lives in that war fighting for what they believed in.  Whether what they believed in was right or wrong they died for it.  It is hard to deny the power of politics when people will give there very lives for what they believe.


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