It's election day and while I don't want to make this message about politics-too mean and nasty, I thought maybe a reminder about why we vote was a good topic for today. I promise you I'm not going to tell you which party you should vote for or who's the better candidate. Please, unless you've been on a remote island with no access to radio and TV, you've heard that song and pony show for over a year. Politics is like religion-your choice.
So why should you go vote today? Because we live in a democracy that depends on the people making the decision on how they want their government run. Maybe I'm naive, but my going to the polls and casting my vote, tells the government who I want running our government.
If people don't vote, then you let everyone else make the decision for you. Your voice is not heard and well, frankly, in my book, you have no right to complain about the government. Because "We the People" in our constitution is all of us and we create the government.
Sadly, on tomorrow's news we will hear that only 60% of eligible voters went to the polls. Really? So what are you other 40% doing that was more important than casting a vote? I know you have a busy life, so do I. We have men and women across the world fighting for your freedom, your liberty and your right to vote. You couldn't stand in line for twenty minutes?
In my national writers organization I'm appalled at how few people actually vote. This time it was like 15% of the members voted. There was only one race that had anyone running unopposed, but still I was a little shocked at the apathy.
What is the meaning of the word apathy? According to dictionary.com the word apathy is, "absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement. Lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting. Freedom from emotion of any kind."
How boring is that! As writers we deal with emotion every day. We write characters that must show emotion on every page. How dull is a book where the characters are just moving through the story without dealing with a problem or reacting to some conflict. Life is full of conflict. If you didn't have conflict you wouldn't enjoy the good times quite as much.
So being an apathetic voter and letting other people make your decisions shows lack of emotion or excitement. Freedom from emotion.
Give me the emotion! Show me the excitement! Make my life full of emotion and me passionate about the things I love. From the smallest detail to the people I love, let me have emotion and be enthusiastic about life. If not, life will be boring.
We have lots of conflict in our government, but isn't that a good thing? It's a perfect example of passion and excitement. Of people with opposing ideas clashing and hopefully coming together to make decisions on how to run the "We the People" government.
Yes, I voted early and I'm passionate about writing, my husband and living each day to the fullest. I tend to book way more things to do, than I have hours in the day. But I'm living a full life. I'm living a life engaged with emotion.
Now it's your turn! Tell me first if you voted! Not who you voted for, but just that you voted. Then tell me what you're passionate about?
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