The election and my discontents

I find politics very interesting. I can also find it extremely frustrating, particularly in view of the current UK elections and the likeliest results. I’ve spent the last few weeks muttering about politicians who can’t add up and about an electorate who’ll eagerly accept spending promises that will bankrupt the nation and incidentally destroy the very things they don’t want cut. But the truth is that the results are quite likely to please no one: those parties nominally committed to restoring financial sanity are throwing caution to the wind with their spending promises, while those who propose a massive expansion in spending in the name of fairness will find a) their policies won’t work, as they never do (they should really consider having a good look at the ideas in D&C 104 for something that might) and b) the eventual collapse will help nobody. When one adds the difficulty of finding honest rather than careerist candidates to elect… Oy vey!

Yet at such times it’s important to retain some perspective. I believe some of the issues the nation faces are existential, possibly even terminal, but things could always be worse. I fear a Labour-SNP coalition would cannibalize the nation’s finances (apologies to anyone who doesn’t, but I think you’re mistaken), but they’re not proposing actual cannibalism, as Mormon faced with his nation. I worry about the increasing erosion of freedom of conscience and religion at the hands of all the major parties, but it is not yet a crime to pray, with the penalty being thrown into a lion’s den. Things are not yet as bad as that, and while I do believe things will get worse, they’re not there yet. And even if they were, even when things actually become hopeless on a societal level, there are more important things to life and afterlife. There is always a reason to persevere in seeking to do good, for as Mormon states:

And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.

(Moroni 9:6)


Incidentally, noticing my longer posts may be related to the fact that it can take me months to update, I’m going to make a concerted effort to write shorter blog posts and hopefully update more often..
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