Mark H√ľnermund Jensen

Thinking politics

This is something I've been wanting to write for a very long time. But, as always, let me emphasize in really, really heavy figurative lettering that this is my opinion. I will never force-feed you my thinking. You can take whatever parts of it you like, and see if you can use it.

What I really want to discuss is how we embrace politics. It's an incredibly broad subject and there are so many feelings, needs, thoughts, theories, facts and webs and layers to figure out. But, at the heart of it, I think we forget what it is. It's a tool. A tool given to the people to work as a society. The problem is we don't use it as a tool.

Whether we like it or not, most people vote with the heart. They discuss politics with their heart. On top of their feelings, they've found rationale and arguments that fit with what their heart desires. I do this too. It's human nature.

If you or someone close to you is sick, what you want is to help them. So you associate with parties that have it near and dear to their hearts to prioritize hospitals and medicinal advancements.

Using it as a tool

At least in Denmark, I notice a strong tendency to want to freeze everything. We want everything to be "the good old Denmark, we've always known". Personally, I think it's a dangerous way of thinking, because a changing, evolving and growing society cannot ever be constant. It's impossible. We cling and claw to the same political parties that we hold close in our hearts, that we actually don't rationally figure out what are the most urgent problems, and correct them.

With change, new problems grow. But if you cling to the same set of tools, sooner or later, those tools just won't suffice. I try to be dynamic and follow the flow of the society. I've never voted for the same political twice, because I see new problems at every election, and then I vote for the party I deem most fit to actually solve those issues. Sooner or later that might very well make me vote for a party I couldn't dream of voting for, today. But it's a question of allowing myself to embrace the best solution for my country. Objectively speaking.