The Saturation Of Belief

Give me strength oh internet for the amount of work I have to do only seems to be more daunting as I do more of it. This doesn’t make much sense I know but I usually leave myself about two weeks before an exam to start a revision lock down on it and by the looks of it I’ll only have a few days by the time I’ve finished these many assignments.

But enough with the student-flavoured whining, there are more important things to discuss today, such as: where is the line where people should be allowed to serve as a politician.

Many of you have probably heard about the labour councillor who believes that his real mother is a nine foot tall alien that took him aboard her UFO as a child and is more important than his biological mother.

No?

Well if you haven’t you can read about it here.

At this point it might be wise to ask if this could affect the politics of the man in question, although without being in the house of commons I suppose he can’t exactly call the British government to take an official stance on the UFO debate that isn’t supported by evidence, and he can’t exactly waste a lot of money on investigating UFO reports on state funds, not that he’d be able to get away with that in any case, and he probably wouldn’t want to do it. He already has his proof after all.


Figure 1: a nine foot tale female alien.

It does make me wonder if there is an upper limit on how effectively a politician can work with strange beliefs however, obviously Rick Santorum is at least ten times as nutty as this guy and he stands a chance of running for the presidency, so it wouldn’t necessarily hinder the process.

But if someone such as this man, or someone such as Santorum got into power, would they let their beliefs affect their actions. Santorum certainly seems to be implying that he would but how often do the campaign promises of the electable follow through into their political career?

There have been many complaints about Barack Obama for just that, for not following through, and much harsher criticism (at least when it comes to criticism that isn’t from people that assume he’s a communist, a muslim or the antichrist) of Nick Clegg, who for many people is considered to have betrayed his voters.

In a society that is based on decisions of a council of people, where decisions are filtered through a human-shaped sieve, can beliefs as strong as the extreme religiosity of some politicians to fall through unhindered?

Certainly there has been a lot of that in America in the recent decades and I can only hope that the British tendency of politicians to leave religion out of their affairs remains so, despite the fact that there are still problems with the tax exempt nature of religious institutions and other such privileges that seem positively medieval in their ignorance of the need for equality in a fair society.

Thinking about it, I don’t think I would suffer terribly for having Simon Parkes making some decisions for a city I was living in, but when it gets to a place high up in society there is a certain risk of saturation.

I think I might be concerned, but for me it still remains more of an interesting discussion rather than my brain digging out an answer firmly set in stone.

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