I can appreciate donuts. They are tasty and pair well with a variety of beverages (coffee, milk, orange juice, beer). If you’ve ever been to a gourmet donut shop, then you know there are about as many kinds of donuts in the world as you can imagine. I think all of those things are pretty sweet.
But you know what I don’t like about donuts? They just don’t make sense. First of all, they have a hole in the middle. Some might call it cute or justify it as a place to hold the pastry… I just call it inefficient. Beyond the engineering problems, donuts have no nutritional value (unless you’re eating kale donuts, which might be possible nowadays?). Imagine if your diet was even 10% donut based — that’s crazy talk!
Like most donut–based analogies, this one gets pretty deep. Modern American politics are just like donuts. There is no middle, and we are seriously suffering from this engineering problem. It’s affecting the overall health and quality of the product.
Simply put: The more politics we consume, the more divided we become, because today there is precious little middle ground. Partisan politics leads most of us to become blind to the other side’s opinions, and that blindness eventually turns into blind rejection of the other side’s ideologies.
To be clear, I’m not advocating for avoiding politics. I’m encouraging the opposite. Ben nearly ran for office in Colorado in 2016 before his plans were derailed by things out of his control. I know Ben to be a thoughtful, considerate, and caring person. Those qualities help us find middle ground locally, nationally, and globally. We need more people with those qualities to run for office — and more people like you and I need to vote for them!
One more piece of unsolicited advice for all of us: Just like we catch more fish when we use bait, we’ll get more people to join our side if we treat them like we want to be treated. We need to improve our listening skills, stop calling each other stupid, and start genuine conversations with open minds. If we think the other side has dangerous or slanted views, the only possible way to alter them is to listen to and understand them so that we can help find a solution in common with both.
Again, I don’t think donuts are bad. I just think they need a middle. The same goes for American politics — and it’s up to people like you and me to change it.
By Riley Fuller with Ben Higgins
Do you like donuts? What’s your favorite kind?