This is my first post on this website, and I wish to dedicate it to my future major. If you read the ‘About me’, you know I wish to study Political Science in university, so here I will explain the why.
After introducing myself to someone new, the usual question comes up: What do you want to study? Each time, I say Politics, and each time there is a different reaction. Some people grimace in horror, some people look at me strangely and some people suddenly get very interested. I still don’t know exactly what each reaction means, but I find all of them interesting. If the conversation goes on, they might ask me why, and here it gets a bit complicated. Only once have I been able to explain properly why I wanted to study this major, and it was in French with two Moroccans.
I did a pretty good summary of how I got to the idea of politics in the ‘About me’ page, and why I liked it, but now I would like to explain the topic in itself, without linking it to me.
If we go back quite a few centuries to look at the origin of our society, we see that the very first advances on anything were done by philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle. As they observed the world around us, they drew conclusions and from then on other subjects were created such as biology, chemistry, maths, etc. So for me the real basis of our evolving society is philosophy, since it is the subject which allows us to reflect on basically everything. Now, what is the other ingredient to make sure our society keeps evolving? The people. We have out philosophy, now we need our philosophers. We can all agree that the more philosophers we have, the more advances we can make. In order to do this we need a stable community, a safe one, one where everyone can develop their talents and bring the best out of themselves.
The job of the politician is to organise this. Make sure there is health care, there is protection, there is food and there is education. A good governing system is one which allows everyone to flourish in their society, which will in turn make the society advance more efficiently. It is the foundation of any community. We could say philosophy is a community’s parent, starting point, and politics is the young child which takes over and makes sure the society moves steadily forward.
Being the foundation of any community, politics consists of a little bit of each subject. I could go on and on about the geography, history, maths, science and endless other subject which are involved in this one area of study. And this is why I like it so much. It may sound cringe, but politics has a little piece of each subject in the world, so when I’m studying the foundation of our society, I get to work with all the different subjects which exist, something I find absolutely fascinating and mind-boggling and the same time.
So when people ask me why I like politics, I’m not sure how to phrase all I’ve explained into one sentence, which means either we both end up having a very deep conversation on our society (the best), or the other person thinks I’m just in it for the money (not the best).
Anyway, here is my tried explanation which I hope you understand, if not, go ahead and comment anything you like 😀