Upward politics is the practice of political belief where there is no right or wrong to any and all viewpoints. The focus is to know as many viewpoints as possible. As a result, a practicing indie political is always growing and not stuck to a side or a label. This lessens the need for people to disparage others due to being too busy to keep learning.
Rules of Upward Politics
The following are the basic rules in applying best practices in being Upward Political. Stray from these guidelines and it doesn’t work. Might as well go back to close-minded bickering that everybody is used to.
1. Being Right Does Not Exist
The only way you could be right is if you had 100% of the information. The amount of information on any given topic is immense to the point where you would go insane trying to collect it all. The people with viewpoints you have never heard, the books and articles you’ve never read, and the videos you haven’t seen. You’re information compared to what you have never heard is no contest. The best you can do is grow your informational sample size, but never achieve being right.
2. Do not disparage others’ views, collect instead.
You are no authority of any point of view. Nobody is. You must conduct yourself as a collector. You are no better than anybody else because the amount of views you haven’t heard far outweigh what you actually have. You must be constantly expanding on your points of view for a larger sample size. This goes without saying, but insulting others is for children.
3. Do not recognize labels.
Labels are intellectually lazy. We are inundated with a massive barrage of labels to the point where we completely overlook the individual.
We don’t recognize any label. This includes examples like racist, gay, or even political party names like Democrat, Republican. Labels give others a target to aim for, so stay away entirely. If you must, just simply describe a person. The only labels you should use from now on, are “Upward Political” and peoples’ names.
4. Do not interrupt anybody.
You don’t learn when you interrupt. In fact, you are actually afraid subconsciously of another point of view. You try to stop people from their own viewpoint, which could carry value. Upward political is about collecting everything in terms of views. We broaden our knowledge base, our sample size if you will. Under no circumstances should you interrupt. It is a sign of weakness and that of a closed mind.
5. Do not immediately believe a viewpoint
When you believe things immediately, you’re basically getting sold the car off of the salesman’s word. Always know this: You can be lied to, information can be omitted, or you can be steered into an agenda.
Suckers get sold to, buyers ask questions. If you believe what you hear, you are severely shortchanging yourself. Every viewpoint should be viewed as “Maybe its right, but its possibly wrong as well”
6. Always ease your viewpoints in
Never come out and say a definitive point of view in a political discussion. Remember that you are of no authority to do so. Differing points of view are also bound to rub others the wrong way if presented as definitive. Instead, ease the point of view into the discussion by saying that its only one way to look at things. Since we try to have as many viewpoints as possible, it should just work out naturally. When telling somebody a viewpoint, always start with “One way of looking at it..” or “Another way of looking at this is…”
7. Do not take sides
People take to a side when its politics. What you already have in your traditional point of view is already set. However, you must choose to believe that you aren’t even close to being right.
Chances are if you belong to a side, it has a label (see rule #2). Being in a side is competition. As a result, you become close-minded to another way of looking at something. You don’t grow this way.
At most, you only know half of things in any given topic by committing to a side. So build upon your old side’s point of view with the others out there. Typically, there are way more than one side in so many topics.