Is it wrong to be indifferent or not imformed on politics/international affairs

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Yes it's wrong, everyone should learn about politics and current events/international affairs
15 9%
I wouldn't say wrong, but I encourage others to be informed on those sorts of things
80 49%
No, if they aren't interested in those subjects and don't care, so be it
64 39%
Other
2 1%
I'm not sure
2 1%
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#1
Some people just don't care about politics or what's going on in the world (example). They just live their lives and keep to themselves. Or they're simply just more interested in other things.

A lot of people don't vote simply because they're just indifferent to that stuff, and they have little opinions about things like shit going down in the middle east, yada yada.

Would you say that it is wrong for people not to be informed about those sort of things? Or they should feel a sense of responsibility to learn more about those subjects, go out and vote, etc.? Or is it fine if they don't want to learn about politics and international current events and want to do other things?

Would you also classify yourself as someone very interested and involved in politics and current events? Not at all? In between?
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#2
Don't really care.

Although I did know a bint once that kept going on about how she didn't have time to vote or learn local politics, yet had no trouble bitching about how our public system was so shitty. I admit that kind of shit does make me want to break stuff.
#4
I don't vote sometimes and it's not because I'm not informed or don't care (although sometimes I couldn't care less). The reason I occasionally don't vote is because the candidates in the election are rediculous and all of them have problems. Examples - last Canadian election, the American election a few years back when Bush was running against someone equally rediculous (I'm not American anyway). Sometimes I just don't think any candidate deserves a vote and there's nothing anyone can do about it because of the huge barriers to entry in the political system. Grrr
#5
I don't exactly follow politics too closely, but if you're going to take a side, know why.
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#6
I don't know about "wrong", I just think those kind of people should be sent to their own island with no food.
#7
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#8
Don't really care, as long as they take care of the bloody rising petrol prices and fix the shitty roads, I'm happy.
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#9
Only vote if you are informed.
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#10
I have no interest in politics. I refuse to vote. It doesn't matter to me. Meh.

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#11
I just don't care.
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#12
Not wrong at all, its obviously good to be aware of what is going on around you though. Its hard to find reliable news sources anyway. The vast majority of my political knowledge comes from the daily show.
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#13
thing is with the media today everything is biased so it's either forced down your throat and can't come up with one's own opinion. ie the situation on Egypt sure the man was ruling in tyranny BUT did we ever hear the other side of the story? no we just heard protesters good Egypt gov't bad! also with Wars when I hear the good guys win who exactly are the good guys? aren't they both killing for means in which to gain more power? I see no good coming from that /rant anyways I think it's good to know about international affairs/ politics but you need to form your own valid opinions, hear out both sides, and not be a complete prick when someone else has an opposing view point.
#14
It's not wrong. But if they start talking politics at all, they should shut their uninformed mouths.
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#16
I usually find that people who don't care about politics are deeply invested in their own studies or careers. They say they don't have time to keep up all the time while in pursuit of med school or graduate studies, which I can understand. So I don't think it's wrong if they choose not to participate in politics.
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#17
Wrong isn't quite the right word, but it takes a special kind of person to not care about thatk ind of stuff (to put it diplomatically).
#18
I'm completely oblivious to the whole politics/world thing. I honestly just don't care, despite whether it may affect me or not

And no, i probably won't ever vote or do that kind of stuff. There's no need to if i don't care about it.
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It's not wrong. But if they start talking politics at all, they should shut their uninformed mouths.
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#20
In my opinion, it's not wrong until the moment you decide to vote. If you plan to vote, then you should know what's going on.
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#21
I know about things that interest or intrigue me, as I go out of my way to read up on it. I'm far from well informed about a lot of things, so I just simply won't join discussions about it. I get the feeling with a lot of people, a lot of people right here in the Pit, that as soon as a thread opens that has a vaguely intellectual looking, political basis they will beeline straight for google to skim read whatever article will allow them to discuss and look clever among the people who actually know what they're talking about. Kinda annoys me a bit.
#22
I voted for:

"No, if they aren't interested in those subjects and don't care, so be it"

I'm not interested in politics at all. Moreso in current events, but mostly ones that are directly relevant to me.
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#23
i only have a certain level of care. i cant honestly care about everything at all times.
#24
Wrong as in immoral, no.

I do think that people have a civic responsibility to be involved in the workings of their government and that it's the indecisive people that allow wrongs to continue, or stop wrongs from starting. If more people voted in all elections, than less crookedness in office would happen and that the nation would be a stronger one.
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#25
The more I try to keep myself up-to-date and informed with politics, the more angry and frustrated I get. So I try to keep myself ignorant and lead a life blissfully unaware of surrounding events. At the end of the day, I would rather pay slightly higher taxes and keep my wits.

What I DO have a major problem with is people who vote with no understanding of either side- purely voting for the label of liberal/conservative. Or democrat/republican. If you ask me, there should be a short quiz stapled to the ballots, so as to make sure people educate themselves before choosing.
#26
No it isn't wrong because if I wanted to listen to people bitch I'd watch MTV.
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#27
Second option. Although I hate people who bitch when they don't even try to vote, and I hate people who don't inform themselves when they vote.
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#28
Why would it be wrong?


People can and will be ignorant, that's really no concern of mine unless it directly conflicts with something I'm doing.
#29
Nope, not wrong at all. I'm sure a lot of people less fortunate than myself who maybe have to work two jobs to support themselves and their families have higher priorities than studying politics.
#30
I don't think it's wrong. I'd say that it's important to know what the hell is going on. But it's not wrong not to. In fact, the people who don't know much about that stuff probably would have a higher possibility to be happy. They don't worry about things beyond their control, like international affairs; whereas the people that do are fighting a winless battle on a large.
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#31
I don't think it's wrong. I try to keep up with that stuff but I'm not too politically savvy, however I know when something is just a bad idea. Example, I refuse to vote until there are some decent candidates. This past presidential election was just so stupid, media driven, and the candidates seemed like just a fad. Obama getting tons of hype because he's black without anyone caring about the actual ideas he had, nobody caring about McCain until he got that dumb nut bimbo Palin.

Now everyone complains about how "Obama sucks." Not his fault.
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#32
I kinda think that intelligent people have a responsibility to be informed and make decisions, but I believe that everyone should be able to make their own decision about that type of thing.

Mind you, we have compulsory voting in this country and politics dont seem to fare any worse than in the US or other countries with non-compulsory voting.
#33
It's certainly not wrong to not know about or understand current affairs and past history. I'd prefer for everyone to know what's going on outside their personal bubble (job/school friends, family, etc.) if they have access to credible news sources. This becomes especially if they are going to vote, which everyone should. You don't like any of the candidates? Cool bro. At least vote for the one you dislike the least, so you had some say in your government. But obviously, access to decent media isn't always possible or a priority for a lot of people, so that's their position/choice. But dammit, if you don't know or care about a subject, then do not open your ****ing mouth about it. It really bugs me when people who have no knowledge of and/or interest in a subject start shooting off their mouth about it anyway.
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#34
To each his own.
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#35
Absolutely it's wrong. Apathy enables exactly the gigantic problem we have in human society right now. We would live in a much better world if everyone was involved in politics and was informed. This isn't a "to each his own" like an interest in cars or sports might be, this is being involved in being part of human society. Failure to do that is failure at being human.

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
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#36
I don't think it's wrong, but I don't think it's a great way to be either. Personally, I try to keep up with current world events and sometimes politics because it interests me, and because I like to know what's happening in the world. If someone chooses not to involve themselves in any of that, or take any interest in it, it's not necessarily a bad thing. It's worse when uninformed people try to get involved in something they know nothing about and act like they do.
#37
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It's certainly not wrong to not know about or understand current affairs and past history. I'd prefer for everyone to know what's going on outside their personal bubble (job/school friends, family, etc.) if they have access to credible news sources. This becomes especially if they are going to vote, which everyone should. You don't like any of the candidates? Cool bro. At least vote for the one you dislike the least, so you had some say in your government. But obviously, access to decent media isn't always possible or a priority for a lot of people, so that's their position/choice. But dammit, if you don't know or care about a subject, then do not open your ****ing mouth about it. It really bugs me when people who have no knowledge of and/or interest in a subject start shooting off their mouth about it anyway.

I wasn't even of age to vote during that time. But it really annoyed me hearing all these people talking about how great a candidate is but they had absolutely no idea what he/she was for or against, just based their decision on stupid crap. Not everyone should vote, especially if they are that type of voter. That is what I believe is bringing us down. Well, one of the things anyway.
#38
I think in the day of the internet, it's sad if you don't get yourself informed. You have an infinite source of information at your fingertips. And, if you can't find precisely what you're looking for, you can find somewhere that will explain how to attain that information.

We live in a very sad era of apathy. Not enough people care about politics. If you don't care, then you can't complain, because in a democracy (even as dysfunctional as they are today) you're ultimately the one responsible.
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#39
People like to dress themselves up with political opinions usually to feel a sense of accomplishment in berating those of a differing political stance. Thing is all and any information on political science and international affairs cannot give inherent moral credence to any stance.

It's ridiculous to assume only those with knowledge and informed opinions on such information are intellectuals.
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#40
Politics is a game. If people don't want to play, they don't have to. I like to stay informed though.
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