14 Oct 2011
- Written by Lucy Shaw
Dear CP: I can’t say that I get it either. But, I have thought about it some. I went to vote and the people that I spend time with did also. I even took advantage of early voting. I urged people through Facebook, conversations and whatever else I had available to me. I tried to do so in as unobtrusive way as possible. But it could just be that those that I really needed to reach or attempt to influence are not the same people that are my Facebook friends, or read my blog, or read this newspaper.
And there you have it.
In fact, this answer to your question may not reach those who missed the opportunity to be heard with a vote.
I am certain that there are people way smarter than I who have studied this phenomenon of the voter turnout and have very sophisticated viewpoints. We live in a world today where all things are expected to appear instantaneously and with very little effort. There is a car insurance commercial on TV where the guy is eating, talking on the phone and doing several other things while driving. We have become convinced that we have minds that allow us to multi-task and that this is a good thing. We therefore get programmed to want everything instantly and all at the same time. The fact is that when we multi-task, we are no longer doing what man was made to do…think with the power of focus and concentration and thereby accelerate the power and quality of reasoning.
Maybe voting is just too hard?
After all, choosing someone who has the power to determine what goes on in your city, state or country goes beyond multi-tasking, paying attention to just the surface talk or really evaluating your own legitimate needs, thoughts and desires and whether someone has the right qualifications to help you get there. Maybe waiting to see what they will do just takes too long. Maybe our addiction to quick fixes makes us think that Mr. Obama or Mr. Wharton’s inability to fix stuff overnight that they didn’t break just gives us a reason to decide that it’s OK not to participate in the process.
I’m just saying.
And I am not even talking about supporting these guys or about who broke the thing in the first place. Blame is not the point – responsibility is what your question is all about. Responsibility is that great thing that teachers used to get to teach in school, the thing that civil rights marchers got spit on for, the thing that helps parents to say “no” to the latest computer game, the TV or the pocket calculator in lieu of learning to think. Responsibility is a process and a learned skill.
Thanks for asking a tough question that begs tough answers and not just from me! Responsibility is for all of us.
Let’s start getting ready for the next round of elections,