David Brooks on politics as a limited good
To fix politics, care more about other things. […]
It should be said that people on the left and on the right who try to use politics to find their moral meaning are turning politics into an idol. Idolatry is what happens when people give ultimate allegiance to something that should be serving only an intermediate purpose, whether it is money, technology, alcohol, success or politics.
[…] we…need to put politics in its place. The excessive dependence on politics has to be displaced by the expulsive power of more important dependencies, whether family, friendship, neighborhood, community, faith or basic life creed.
[…] our politics probably can’t be fixed by political means. It needs repair of the deeper communal bonds that politics rest on, and which political conflict cannot heal.
from “When Politics Becomes Your Idol,” New York Times, (Oct 30, 2017)
I’d add, don’t care more about other things only for the sake of fixing politics, but also to fix yourself.