The election sign post now reads half a mile to go and soon every person in this country that gives a damn will be meeting at the crossroads to decide which road they want the country to go down. A friend of mine who will be voting for the first time isn’t sure what the parties stand for. After a quick foray onto the church of google, we were presented with much information and one might say TOO MUCH information. Although, I, myself am an opinionated prick, I felt it was not in my duty to sell him my opinion and lead him to a choice of my preferred party. It is important for him to feel his way into the minefield of information available, though I did have a lightbulb moment and simplified it for him. More on that later…
I think it’s marvellous he is taking an interest. He is a young man with an interest in the military. I admit I’ve had to tiptoe in our conversations regarding certain beliefs I have regarding the elite and September 11th 2001. Friends kind of influence each other and the last thing I wanted to do was ever put a dent in his mindset to serve in the Marines. Thankfully, he has said that if he does serve, then he will be doing it for himself. Good on him! Its good for me too because I can say what I want now without worry. This act of doing it for himself is one which every British person should take into the voting booth on Thursday.
Doing it for yourself? Perhaps we can look through and past the constant tricks the media plays on us to get attention to details that don’t matter, and just read each party’s manifesto. No one to tell you what to think… Just a bunch of promises. Which of these promises resonate most? Who are you as a person? Where’s your soul at?
Sometimes, if we are unsure then think of what you stand for first and match that to a party rather than match that to yourself. The difference being, when looking for a party before we understand what we actually stand for, the reasons we end up voting become more superficial. This is non beneficial in a serious election. Where as in the first example, when you have stopped to figure yourself out, you’re not dealing with a glut of information that doesn’t compute making the memory chip fail triggering the interest switch to off and the superficial back up system kicks in. I’ll vote for him cos he looks friendly’. ‘I vote for them cos we’ve always done it in our family!’ ‘ I didn’t vote for that party cos the Sun/Mail/Express etc. said…’
My point of the lightbulb moment of advice to my friend and to you, dear reader (blessings to you by the way) is to have simplified the above to say, just vote with your heart. Are you a risk taker or a play safe? Are you passionate about this planet? Forget what your neighbours are voting, if you want the Looney candidate then let the world be your oyster. Just vote with all your heart and with your personality on it and not the personality of a squalid tabloid newspaper just out to increase advertising revenue from our hypnotic state when we’re drawn to sensationalism.
We live in a ever busier world, so much information… I do hope the above perspective can help at least one person of those that find themselves unsure. It could just be a case of being too transfixed by things in general to the thinking that politics is far from us and happens elsewhere. ‘As long as I got my beer’ well, enough said… Apart from I have taken my own advice and decided to not abstain as I thought I would. Here’s to another election! Hip hip hooray!
I’m just going to go ahead and leave this here for you: