This is an issue I get a lot of personal grief
about from my otherwise close friends. It causes pain between us. But it is important to me; a principle
, you might say.
I don't vote. But I'm not apathetic.
I care about what happens in our world, and I care about what happens inside me too. I have to make a choice. Let's call it active non-participation
is participation in our system of democracy
. Some call it a right
, some call it an obligation
. But basically, it is just a small part of the large system of government that we are born into. (Im talking US, here, just play along)
When you participate in something in this way, you give a little bit of yourself to the world
. This I believe is a good thing
, and a reason that I do consider being a voter.
When you participate in something, you also create a little bit of your self
. My self
doesn't want to be a voter
, a citizen
, a democrat. I could rant until hoarse about injustice, corruption, indignity. But do I want to? My self
wants to be a human being
, an animal
, an artist
, a survivor
. Not a cog in someone else's idea of a nation
I like to think of myself as simply a human, born on this land of North America
by chance or by Fate
, I can't even guess. I do not think that the cosmic order
(whatever that is) sees me as a citizen
of any nation (though I know that the government of this nation would certainly have it that way).
I want to worry about my neighbor
, on my street. Whether he is hungry
, or alone
, or in need. I want to worry about my inner world, the one I create.
The part of the world that is about governing others, about politics
, and corruption
, and power
... I want to make that part of the world as small inside my self
as I can.
So I don't participate, I simply don't vote.
Its a hard thing to explain... I want to spend my so small strength, my so feeble talents, my oh so few days, on something else
, that's all.