When I was seeing a therapist, she knew I was libertarian. It was kind of impossible to not reveal that little aspect of my identity. While she never referenced it explicitly, she would occasionally make remarks such as, “look how polarized we are as a country! We have all these people taking such extreme views and unable to compromise” and . so on and so forth. But on the whole I absolutely refused to engage her in any political discussion, mainly because I knew the odds she was a liberal were fairly high and secondly, I didn’t want to waste the money I was spending on therapy arguing politics. I know what I believe. I don’t really care what other people believe. They can believe what they want and I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that they agree with me at least slightly since everyone likes freedom, just to varying degrees. My job isn’t to bash everyone on the head with my libertarian ideals. I’m not even entirely interested in doing.
As far as I’m concerned, if you don’t want there to be gay marriage, then don’t get gay married. If you don’t want guns, don’t own one. If you don’t want to smoke pot, then don’t smoke pot. If you think sweets are evil, don’t eat them. If you don’t want to be a dick, then don’t act like a dick.
But, you are probably already thinking, what if other people do it? Well, then that’s their
. You can’t control other people’s actions. Hell, I can’t even control my 19 month-old’s actions. The only person’s actions you can control are your own. If someone else violates your rights, you can take actions against that. Or as libertarians put it, “My rights end where yours begin.”
So I’m not really interested in discussing politics all that much because I don’t care what other people believe. As far as I’m concerned, other people can believe whatever they want to believe. My therapist is right, people are very polarized, but only because they spend their time arguing over how much freedom people should have and which freedoms they should not have. Just be free!