Matej Cíbik wrote a new blog about the relation between politics and reality in the context of the recent attack on US Capitol. You can read it HERE.
Politics is a peculiar subject for theoretical study for one key reason: in it, our intuitive conception of the world is often reversed. Our basic understanding of reality tells us that there is an objectively existing outside world, which we try to grasp the best we can. Yet, more often than not, the situation is exactly the opposite in politics. Political reality is largely constituted by our collective perceptions. It is our understanding that creates reality, not the other way around.
Philosophers unreasonably question the obvious. “What, then, is time? If no one asks me, I know; if I wish to explain to him who asks, I know not.“ What is so tricky about time? We certainly know that there is an arrow of time, that the only direction of time is forward. There is no time travel to the past. That much is for sure. Isn’t it?
“[O]ur slothful minds and senses can be animated, both by the arts and their related studies and by scientific enquiries alike, so that we respond to the beauty of the world.”
(R. F. Holland, “Education and Values”)