Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I Depend On You

What is it about the gratification of a good conversation? The excitement of interaction? Why is it so interesting "figuring" people out, and what parts are the interesting parts? Perhaps it's the things that people have in common; perhaps it's the things that no other people do. Have you ever thought about the process of developing a relationship? Some folk end up in the socially awkward category; few the close friends; all the subconscious influence. What about those you love? Why is it easier telling a friend "I love you" than a lover? "Love" is so sacred in the context of romance. Why is it obligatorily acceptable to "love" relatives? When you tell your parents you love them, it's undoubtedly because they've dedicated extreme amounts of time and effort to care for you; but there are hundreds of millions of people who would have too had you been their child. Why not love them too? If you met your brother for the first time on the street, not knowing you were related, would you love him? Would it be easier to once you find out you're kin? Why? What makes us "click"? Who are your friends, and why are they your friends? Define friend. What do I like about you? What do you like about me?

I depend on you.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Please, Don't Vote

A forty-something-year-old lady was watching the New Hampshire debates; intrigued, I sat next to her to listen to the discord. Naturally, I asked the obligatory "Do you like any candidates?" and she responded with the "I kind of like him": "him" referring to the super-suave multimillionaire former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. She made sure to mention that she didn't like Giuliani, however, along with a sort of "euhw" sound to express her discontent of his candidacy/existence. "So what about the Democrats?" Allow me to paraphrase the lady's words: "I don't know, I'm a Republican." I inquired. "You know, they're more about protecting the country and, I don't know. I've never watched the Democrats." I left it at that.

My vote will only be good enough to make up for one of these people.

No matter how much time and effort I put into making sure that my vote is the best decision, it won't be worth any more than anyone else's. But of course! This is a democracy, this is rule of the people, and thus the people are equal. But perhaps one of the biggest corruptions of American politics is the movement to get these people to "Vote or Die," "Choose or Lose." People are given the idea that if they don't vote, then they won't be good Americans. The media constantly points out the fact that voting rates of eligible citizens are in the low 60s; that our forefathers dedicated their lives to forming our voter-based government; that the heroes of the American Revolution gave their lives to give us this right and privilege to vote. If we don't vote we're unappreciative, un-American, or a Jehovah's Witness.

Thus people treat voting like they treat anything else they have to do. It's these impulsive voters with badly thought out ballots that are getting horrible people into our highest offices.

So to those of you who aren't voting because you don't care or you're too lazy to: I salute you. I wouldn't want you voting anyway. And to those of you who are planning to vote, but don't know anything about who you're not voting for (and maybe even who you are voting for), then please: reconsider your lifestyle. But if you do have the mental capacity to think for yourself, ignore the baby-kissing and baseless rhetoric, then please, go out and vote. And if you can't, just stay home. Don't worry, you won't "Die." You won't "Lose."


p.s. Visit DontVote.org to see if you should vote in the 2008 Presidential Elections. And if you feel you should, then Project Vote Smart is where you can conveniently learn more about the candidates, their backgrounds and positions on issues from a non-partisan perspective.