Monday Musings: Do It, Do It! a.k.a. Participation in Life

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for, uh, Monday Musings.  It’s all in the name, people!  Anyway, let me stop the prevaricating, as it runs counter to the point of my brain-rumblings today.

As you may or may not know, depending on your country of origin and interest in politics, the United States of America is starting the actual, official process of choosing the next candidates for the office of President.  Now, I won’t go deep into my own personal politics (at least not in this post), but I will bring up a strong belief of mine: you have to participate!

The core principle of democratic government is participation, after all.  If the population doesn’t vote, caucus, or whatever, it really isn’t a democracy then and becomes easily manipulated and dominated by those with the time, power, and money to gather people to overtake the system.  It’s a simple principle to understand, but it’s understandable when people loose sight of this.

After all, it’s easy to think that your one vote, your one voice doesn’t matter and, if you look at it in the narrow view, it isn’t untrue.  However, as with most things in life, most things worthwhile, it isn’t the immediate benefit of voting that is important, or the influence of your one singular vote that is important.  It is the total effort involved, the total voting of all the people, that makes it all worthwhile.  Think about it like this:  If you are thinking of not voting, it may be a lot of other like-minded people are thinking the same, which means it is likely that the vote won’t go the way you want.

So, yeah, vote.  Participate.  Work hard.  Follow your heart and your dreams.  It’s the same for life as well as politics.

Until next time, good reading, good writing, good living, and good luck!

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5 comments

  1. I don’t even bother to vote in a presidential election. New York always goes democrat anyway. I do like voting in smaller elections though. As for your ‘follow your heart and your dreams’ line, well I have a post coming up about that topic at the end of the week.

    1. I can understand that outlook, but I can’t in good faith agree. Call it the sappy optimist in me!

      As for following your heart, I suppose I should also addend that to be ‘follow your heart and dreams while being prepared to work your butt off for it’. 🙂

  2. They try to push stuff like this in the UK as well. It’s kind of like a vicious circle especially for young people: Young people don’t vote, the elected targets policies at the older generation, the young people don’t vote because there are no policies for them.

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