Do we inherit political views?

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This is by no means based on any scientific findings, this is just my wonderment and thinking. And I'm going to be nice and apologize for the typos and shit in advance. I'm a little tipsy, which is understandable. It's independence day after all, I wouldn't be a real Finn unless I was a little drunk.

Submitted: December 06, 2019

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I've had a pretty chill independence day, which is actually quite nice. I'm alone for the weekend, because my mom and stepdad decided to go to Tallinn and they left early in the morning. I did go to my aunt's for dinner though, and my cousin was also there and I hadn't seen him in a while so it was nice. We ate some pizza and just talked and we ended up talking about politics. Because seriously, this week has been very hectic in Finnish politics and you cannot watch the president shake hands with a million other politicians (or 200 but whatever) and not comment on politics.

I found out this week my brother thinks the True Finns are a good party. Me and my mom were rather shocked about this, and I'm glad the next elections are in two years. I have two years to convince him otherwise. This led to me thinking though, because Finland has a multiparty system. Me, my brother, and my mom all support different parties, and our political views differ a lot.

I've only had the chance to vote in two elections, since I'm just 19. Both times were this year, and in both cases I voted for a candidate from the Greens. I suppose I'm a little stereotypical. I'm 19, what would you expect. According to several tests, the actual party that matches my views the most, is the Swedish People's Party, but I'm not a Finnish-Swedish person. I might have a Swedish surname and a lot of people think I am, but do I look rich? No. Or I do, scratch that, but I'm not. Besides, I want to be realist. About 5% of Finland supports the Swedes, and about 5% of Finns are Swedish. So... I want to support a party that might actually get into the government (which is weird, because the Swedes are in the fucking government). 

My mother supports the Center Party. I get that. It's a very popular party here, outside of Helsinki, and she works closely with the shit that the Center represents. It's not a bad choice, in my opinion. And as the name suggests, it's not very left or right, nor is it very liberal or conservative. It's in the center of the political spectrum. I have no idea what my dad supports. I nowadays talk to him, but I didn't over the past few years, and I've formed my own political opinion during that time, so his views haven't really shaped mine in any way.

Today I found out my aunt voted for the Center as well. I knew my cousin (he's 25, so he's a Millenial and 6 years older than me) also voted for the Greens. So did many of my friends, although their parents don't. I have a friend whose parents are very conservative. They're your sterotypical True Finns family. But their daughter, whom I met when I was 16, was a very interesting development. Inside our frined group we formed in high school, 4 out of 7 of us were either lesbian or bisexual. It was interesting to see how first she didn't approve of that, but after these three years, we're still good friends and she has no problem with me being bi. She does agree with her parents on some issues, but some are far away from her ideology, and I find it interesting.

I think we do inderit a lot of political views from our parents, like we inherit other socioeconomic things. We just don't inherit all of it, because otherwise it would not make sense that me and my brother have so different views despite having the same parents. I honestly think that we get more of the political views from our friends, because people of the same age see things in a similar way, more often than not. It explains why people my age tend to be a lot more greener. It explains why the red parties are more popular with old people. And I don't mean some American red party, I mean the rest of the world. Socialists, so to speak. I will always be confused that the Republicans are red and Democrats blue. Confuses the shit out of the rest of the universe. 

 


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