Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Okay, I'll have a couple of opinions.

Yesterday I had a flashback to the very first Presidential election I got to vote in. It was the year 2000 and I was a sophomore in college living in a small house-turned-dormitory. We had a beautiful, big double room that shared a sealed-off doorway with a single next door. The single's occupant smoked in her room and left the TV blaring at a loud volume very late into the night. I know that a lot of people left that election feeling like their vote didn't count. But I had voted absentee in Washington, where the state Senator race was so close that the outcome came down to a very small number of votes tallied from absentee ballots in my county. Pay attention to local politics. And VOTE, no matter what.

The other thing is this: whenever and wherever you can, go and listen to and live among people whose upbringings and perspectives are different from your own. It is all too easy to self-select into polarized subgroups, and doing so can be tremendously harmful. There has been a lot of polarization recently in national politics in the USA. Sometimes I think it's a good thing: do we want a government that swiftly changes on a whim in extreme directions? The polarization can lead to gridlock that keeps things from moving quickly. But on the other hand, I still think there are a lot of needs and perspectives that aren't systematically addressed by this country's existing political structure, and that the way to change this is to get out of one's comfort zone and into real conversation. That's a perspective I take away from having lived in Arizona, Texas, and Nebraska, and from doing my best to listen to where people are coming from.

Paradoxically, I am going to close comments on this post.

Latest Month

December 2018


Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Naoto Kishi