I have friends that never get involved in politics, not even to follow events in the news or discuss them with friends. Never mind support a party or run for office. Their choice, but they live in a world controlled by politicians, so are giving up any control they might have on a lot of things. Many of them still complain though.
Other friends had been trying to keep up to date with the political circus, especially in the US, and have now thrown up their hands in despair. Hopefully, they will be back.
For myself, I think our purpose, if we must have one, is to enjoy life, to learn and improve ourselves, and to leave our bit of the world a slightly better place when we die. So I follow politics for the enjoyment of watching the antics, and to learn about it. Stephen Harper taught us all about prorogation, Trump about impeachment, Iowa about caucuses, and Boris Johnson - well, I'm not sure. Right now, it's the US that has my focus.
I don't discuss politics that much, especially with people not sharing my views. I know that's wrong, but I sit left of centre, and have found most of the right of centre people I talk to have ideas based more on emotions than facts. They are running more on a belief system, which one can't refute, any more than you can convince a Mormon the real god is not theirs, but Vishnu. And I can't be bothered anymore to try, other than learning where they stand and moving on. As long as you aren't harming anyone, I'm fine with people believing in whatever they want, be it gods or the evil of all corporations or the existence of UFO's.
Except, in the US, where Trump and his supporters are harming people, and democracy. Not that I can do much directly here from Canada, but I can at least stay informed and spread the word. Which raises the issue - how to stay informed? Where can you get reliable information from?
Trump himself sends out a stream of information via his Twitter feed, but I consider it a source of continuous #FakeNews. I have subscriptions to the Guardian Weekly and the Washington Post, and follow Google News for links to various site/stories. But it takes time to filter through it all and decide which information is reliable. This chart examines the bias of various news sources, but you have to trust the methodology they followed, described here. Or at least read what it was. I deliberately ignore sites on either edge of the spectrum. I just can't be arsed.