Winning is not the goal of governing; providing an environment that nurtures our humanity is. That means those who believe in and practice democracy must graciously allow and even celebrate the opinions of others as much as we claim to celebrate democracy itself. That means, sometimes, not winning.
A “better life” is never more than a better experience of it, not any quantifiable aspect of it. “Better” is what you, and you alone, know about your life. It is not measurable, nor does it ever need to be. Measuring is only necessary when you want to communicate value to another. But your life is yours alone; it can never be experienced by another.
The truth is that humans are nothing more than an experiential pile of shit; a constantly changing assortment of unexplainable sensations, unjustifiable impulses, and selfish whims. And, like so much trash-art, what gets created from it is something to be cherished, honored, and displayed.
It appears to be difficult for many under the age of perhaps 40 to comprehend that someone would actually prefer human interaction to the internet as a source of information.
I, myself, would consider it a red flag of the highest urgency were someone to ever tell me I was good at (yoga). That’s the moment I would know that I my life had gone off the rails for the sake of my ego.