To everyone trying to dissuade others from voting “third party” or whatever – YUCK.
Seriously, YUCK. I hate pseudo plea pulls at the intellect and sympathy like that. I hate the way these arguments use subtle authoritarian angles and seek to push the fear buttons in others.
“I understand the need for third parties and your passion for them, but you must vote for such and such because of the greater evil”
Our world is already on a road of destruction and in desperate need of change. WE are in desperate need of a sense of urgency. It’s only a matter of time before there’s a Fukushima in the U.S., or fracking hits a fault line, or there’s world war 3.
We already live in a country that doesn’t give a shit about lead in drinking water. It’s not outlandish to conclude that greed and apathy rule not just our water supply but much of our modern world.
There’s so much destruction and our “leaders” don’t care! These are not good times in which to turn the mind off!
If we’re lucky we’ll use the bumps along the way to wake up. To withdraw our energy and consent from our own downfall.
I’m voting for anyone but the two “evils” because I care about my self, perhaps karma. Seriously, if the world goes to shit I want to know that I didn’t support one crook over another. I have self respect and it is a respect that deeply cares about others too, about survival on a deeper and long term level not just what’s happening on the news today.
There is no good reason to support any evil, lesser or not, if one cares about their integrity.
If it takes decades for the masses to wake up and withdraw their support from false and destructive roads, and explore other options, so be it! We are in the mess we’re in because people have lost touch and “gone along to get along” too much. We think we’re thinking long term when putting support toward the “lesser” of evils but we’re merely taking a slower road to hell.
Long term vision is something many have lost. We’ve lost the common sense to include the survival of our hearts and souls in our practical thinking.
The only way we can save ourselves from this mess is by WAKING UP.
Commend those with the strength and conviction to do so TODAY. Don’t patronize and condescend them.
It’s not smart to condescend those who think for their selves. You will be such a person yourself some day if you aren’t already, and the “karma” we accumulate for kicking others for thinking for themselves can be ruthless. It’s the most difficult test of the soul anyone faces in this world, it’s the loneliest and harshest test. Few want to face it so they stay asleep.
There’s nothing wrong with that (we wake up when ready), but it’s not good to attack those who do challenge themselves and question the world. It’s better to listen and learn from them as we will be them ourselves some day.
It’s always better to be awake today than pay for it tomorrow. Yet there are many extenuating circumstances in which we think we must “go along to get along”. Just because we have to do that sometimes doesn’t mean we should be ok with it. Not being ok with it is what makes us human.
It’s the conflict, the nagging itch within that makes us alive. As soon as we give that up and go to sleep we are no longer living.
Condescension toward those who have courage to think for themselves is, always has been, and always will be shameful.
Maybe it’s better to stop trying to convert them and rather stop, listen, and learn from them.