In some of the elections I watch the results with a heavy sigh. I’m not sure if this one is one of them yet, but it has that impending sense to it.
So what gives way to the sigh? Is it that I’m being a petulant child because I didn’t get my way in initiatives and officials? Is it just that I’m stamping my feet because my wishes have been thwarted by at least 50.1% of the voters?
I can’t say that’s the case. Generally the feeling of dejection I get is based on the concern of the mood and motivation behind the votes. The results of some election cycles are influenced by what people are trying to avoid rather than what they want to obtain. Votes seem to be determined by what people fear as opposed to what they hope.
So if I believed the public ought to have voted the way I voted, that’s to say I believe the public should see the world the way I do. It would mean the population ought to have the same values and convictions as me. Wouldn’t that be a bit arrogant and self-righteous, I say with a mouth full of grapes heavily sprayed with insecticide and far past their shelf life.
So now what? Well, I like to see these elections as a reminder as to where I stand in general. When I vote, I vote for not my own interests, but for the interests of the entire population. My votes are always in favor of what opportunities can be created for everyone, what liberties each individual will have access to, what inalienable rights are being preserved. I do my best to cast a vote that does not take anything away from anyone, but freely gives to each person’s scope of freedom and opportunity.
I remind myself the election might end on November 2 this year, but the voting continues. No matter the outcome of the political landscape, I can vote for the changes I want to see in my district, my county, my state, my country, by showing compassion for everyone without exception, every day. I can vote through actions of simple kindness, of showing each and every individual (including those past our nation’s borders) that they matter, that they count, that as an individual they have worth and value as a human being. Especially those that differ from me ideologically. For if I wish and expect it from them, I have to give it to them just the same.