Edward Dupasover 1 year ago
The notion that a lack of participation in the political process automatically means a lack of interest in change is a frightening one to me. More frightening still is the mantra that "if you don't vote you have no right to complain" and other such adages that deceive people into seeing the political system as their primary means of pursuing change. With so much emphasis placed on a voting opportunities that are few and far between it's easy to lose sight of the opportunities we have to vote every day: by where we bank, where we shop, even by how we treat strangers who cross our path. If I had to choose between a country of citizens who voted regularly and one whose citizens conducted their daily affairs with intelligence and compassion, I'd choose the latter every day of the week, and twice on Election Day. Perhaps the millennials are truly lazy and unengaged, or perhaps they've figured out something a lot of us haven't: that the political process can be a real distraction from meaningful change.