The unexamined life is not worth living
Many people ask me why I chose to study politics. In all fairness its not something that’s entirely clear to me either. I certainly have dodged far more reputable fields of work in the process – aviation, engineering, law etc.
What I can say is that Politics has always interested me. Sure it has a bad reputation, but my interest in politics extends insofar as I see it as a mechanism to make the world a better place.
Although I originally went to University to study History, and maybe Law, I took the introduction to Politics units and was hooked. It allowed me to study the things that I always liked to think about, namely what constitutes a ‘good life‘ and how is that concept determined?
The most important thing I believe I have learned while studying politics is that ideology, like nature, abhors a vacuum. there is no such thing as a value-free dicision when it comes to politics. Every day decisions are made for us and excused as economically rational, scientific, or popular. We must always remember to question the values implicit in these decisions.