Politics is run by the belief that people in power can influence or directly bring about substantial and significant changes to the way the world runs. And, this belief is prevalent. It doesn’t matter which religion you subscribe to, or which system (democracy, theocracy, monarchy etc.) your nation subscribes to, this belief still exists.
The one who thinks that no political power can bring about substantial changes to his or her life, and that he or she alone must do something to bring about those significant changes, is an individualist. Surprisingly, democracy and free markets have fostered more individualists: people who work day in and out to change their own standards of living, people who believe that they can do something to change their state of existence, and not depend on any political power.
At any given point in time, there are individualists who have achieved the privileges of not bothering how or when the political landscape of their nation changes, and there are those who are very concerned about every political change, who follow those who come to power, who track political personalities continuously, and either get assured or disappointed on a daily basis. These are the ones who are politically savvy.
There is a third category of people, who are politically naïve: they are neither individualists, nor politically savvy. They are regularly lost in something: duty or occupation, or pleasure, or something else. They are quite unaware of the power of power itself. They can’t make up their minds on whether anything ought to change really, on whether those changes can actually be brought about, and if those changes can be carried out by this person or that, or this ideology or that. They just don’t seem to care or bother. Politics and individualism – both are mentally challenging to comprehend for the common man.
Therefore, they can be aroused into an agitation over one issue, or they could be limp even when a serious change is sweeping across. If you are a true spiritual student, you would realise all these and much more. What else to realise? That the true scope of life, the true syllabus of life, the substantive essence of it, can neither be brought under the scope of a political social power, nor can an individualist take upon himself, even for himself.
The ruler in man, whether in the case of political power or the individualist, is severely limited in scope. The substance of life and consciousness has never yielded to this ruler. So, all the noise seem to be at the fringes of life, never where the substance is. True spirituality asks you to trek to the substantive part of life first. That the ruler shall get extinguished in this process will be known once you get there. Where the ruler doesn’t exist, that is where the cosmic order shall unravel itself.
The one who has seen cosmic order is no longer political, in the sense that he no longer can believe that the ruler in man, however endowed and capable he may be, can ever bring about true change. Because, the ruler doesn’t know what exists, and how it exists. If what exists asserts itself, the ruler will have to go packing!