Originally Posted by mschauer
So, in other words, you pretend to care about the perceptions of others but when it actually comes to voting you ignore those perceptions unless they already are in line with what you think anyway?? How actually is that not the same as "not caring" about the perceptions of others???
If all I have to do is *pretend* to care about the perceptions of others, I can probably manage that.
Well, I tried to offer an example, and may have expressed it badly. Just to try and clarify: caring
what others' perceptions are -- being interested in them, wanting to know how we are perceived -- does not necessarily mean those perceptions should
influence one's thinking/actions. They might, but it's not a given, and in the case of voting for one's government, one makes one's own decision, often based on factors outsiders can't fully appreciate.
But it's still useful to know what those perceptions are. We don't exist in a vacuum, and if we want to relate to other people/nations, being more than merely aware of how they see us is important. To me, anyway. And I don't see not allowing my vote
to be influenced by them as not caring about them.