lauantai 26. lokakuuta 2013

Why I Won't Vote.

I just watched Russell Brand get the usual "you don't vote"-treatment. I've got that quite a lot in my relatively short life, and I pretty much know how it is. These people, who are there to enforce the status quo, claim that you don't have a right to complain if you don't get involved with the society. They don't really care, if you are involved in societal activities (like working, paying taxes, for example using libraries and usually paying bills for  the books you forgot to return, therefore bringing money) quite a bit in your everyday life, the problem is that you didn't vote. I live in completely different society, but I believe this problem is quite common, no matter where you go. And I lived in Britain for two months, so I got a glimpse of that overwhelmingly bureaucratic and politically correct atmosphere they have created. Still, even in countries like Finland you always face the same accusations.

You don't vote, you don't have a right to complain. Yes you do. If things are fucked up, or even just wrong, you always have a right to raise your voice. It would be rather sheepish, if you didn't. It's easy to Not get involved in the actual THING, just vote, feed the monster instead of ever actually facing it. If you question your own relationship with the system, you'll probably get to know a little bit about yourself too. People who say that if you don't vote, you can't complain are trivial themselves. If the logic is, that voting grants you your voice, then you should only complain about the guy you voted for. Which in many cases does not even get elected. But you did not vote for the rest of them, so you can't complain about their actions. Voting is giving your approval to the system. And if you do not approve the current system, why should you vote? It should be the other way around: If you vote, you can't complain because you were the ones who chose these people who fucked you over. That's why I don't get involved. I did not choose them, they are NOT my guys. I voted once, because I saw it would change things, in our presidential election. It didn't, so I am back to not-voting. You need to try everything once, grandma always told me. And by the potential god, I loved my grandma enough to give even voting a chance.

Some critisize Russell Brand for not giving straight forward solutions. If he did, they would have critisized him for naive idealism. As he said, he does not have the burden of proof, in this case it is in the hands of the minority who profits from the current system; why should we keep this current system, since it only deepens global disparity between the rich and poor? Voting does not change a thing. I have only one solution; being humble and humane towards each other. In my opinion, that is the only fucking thing that will carry out a revolution for better. Long live democracy, fuck the system. Be humane towards each other, help each other in seemingly small everyday things. The revolution starts with individuals. If we surpass all the bureaucratic bullshit in our political systems, and just start working together, listening to each other, supporting each other, we can do this in no time, and the politicians will be left in their own thrones of apathy, licking their dry lips. We don't need anyone's permission to be human beings, we don't need to vote for that, we don't need any justifications for being nice. It's all up to us. Go ahead, start the Final Revolution. Now.

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