Today is Election Day. Millions across the country will file into voting booths, exercising their right to have a direct influence on the government that impacts them so much from day-to-day. This is an important moment, the most crucial time of the year.
Because tomorrow, it’s all over. Not the world. Not the struggle for a better tomorrow. The election is all that’s over. Tomorrow, we have the unique privilege of not caring anymore.
We the people spend our days (weeks, months, years) toiling away for a better future. Loving our friends and families. Inventing modern marvels of science and engineering. Buried in some obscure hobby or pastime. Or even just spending hour after hour doing nothing except stimulating our senses with whatever series of momentary distractions the Internet has to offer. In other words, living our lives.
That is to say, doing everything except participating in the political process. And that’s how it should be.
The government does little to nothing to improve our daily lives, and more often than not ends up actually getting in the way of our pursuit of happiness. Therefore, it’s natural that we give as little of a hoot as possible. Election season, however, guilt-trips us into pretending to care for a few months. Some of us actually do care, and labor away so that our most significant voices may be heard by the powers that be.
However, voting on election day actually does very little towards the betterment of our daily lives. It simply gives an edge to whichever candidate the limited two-party system decided to deliver us, irrespective of whether either of them represents our best interests. As I’ve pointed out before, the real struggle to influence our future happens not on election day, but on every other day of the year.
Tonight, I’m going out to celebrate. Not the election itself, but rather the fact of its ending. And tomorrow won’t bring a losers’ hangover, political or otherwise. It will be a bring day, ushering a new era of not caring about politics. It will be glorious.
Tomorrow we get to stop voting and resume living. That’s a cause I hope you’ll join me in celebrating.