I posted an update on Facebook this morning, and I wanted to elaborate a bit more, but only for those who care to read it and engage with it well.
Here's the original post:
I will vote today. And I will vote every time I am called upon to do so.
I have no party allegiance, I couldn't tell you who my parents and grandparents voted for, and no-one is guaranteed my support.
I have made, and will continue to make my decisions based on my understanding of what is presented before me.
If you want to win my vote (and I am sure it will also win you the vote of countless others) here are the simple steps you need to follow:
1. Act Justly;
2. Love Mercy;
3. Walk Humbly;
4. Dream big, for everyone;
5. Act with integrity: Hold your hands up when you make mistakes. Sell yourself to me on who you are and what you believe, build yourself and your manifesto up, rather than thinking you have to destroy what others put on the table. Stand for things you can look back on in later years and say "I did good".
It sounds a lot to ask in today's political world, but is it really?
Could you be the one brave enough to do it and buck the trend?
That'd inspire me.
That'd inspire others.
That'd change things.
And my elaboration...
My Facebook feed is saturated with people declaring that they have indeed voted today. Some of them have nailed their colours to the mast, put banners on their profile pictures and proudly taken selfies having worn their appropriately coloured rosettes and t-shirts to the polling station.
"I've done my bit..." declares friend after friend... But I'm left to wonder, have they really?
Sure, today they have made a decision and made a mark. Or some will have made several marks to communicate their discontent with all of the proposed candidates. Others have fulfilled the words of Rush by staying away: "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
But is that really us "doing our bit"?
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