Valotonin wrote:Does anyone know of a particularly creative way to spoil a ballot? Better than not voting, they keep a note of the apathetic.
P.S. Why do my political opinions change so rapidly and wildly? This isn't normal.
I don't know why you're not voting, so I don't know if this applies to you, but I hear so many people who aren't voting say 'there isn't a political party that reflects my views'
There's a couple of major problems with this -
- There will never be a political party that reflects your views exactly.
- It's a sad reflection of the increasing individualism of society. Despite what many would have you believe, democracy isn't about voting for what benefits you personally, for democracy to work you need to vote for what's best for society overall.
In modern society there's so much that we take for granted and goes unseen - healthcare, education, even having a vote in the first place.
It's easy to imagine that all of it is fixed and immutable, that it's 'the way things are', especially if it was introduced before your lifetime.
But it isn't, it can be taken away with the stroke of a pen tomorrow.
Particularly in the UK, the government are voted in by an extremely narrow demographic - mainly older people, mainly richer people.
They get to decide the future of the country because they come out to vote in overwhelming numbers.
People who don't vote don't get to decide, and don't get to change anything, it's that simple.