Life, Politics, and the Search for Meaning, in 2020 and Beyond
For many, public governance and leadership are uncertain notions in our lives. As we see tribal polarities galvanize, questions loom: do I care? why should I care? how would it matter? and so on.
Young people say that they get can't catch up in the hostilities of this older generation, as in, it will all be sorted out later on in 'our' time. Older people say they're just too distraught to think about it because it is for a younger age group to manage with zestful energy. While the middle-tier is busy with multiple jobs, parenting and/or flat-out coping. So, let's consider who is tagged with the responsibility of being more passionately involved to better safeguard our society.
Being fair, not all are disinterested from these groups, as we do have altruistic protesters, voter protection teams, civil rights proponents, and enthusiastic advocates steadfast with support for the cause most important or accessible to each. Though, just as we say that Americans are now truly mobilized, we see the humbling statistics confirming that, despite appearances, a majority of the population may yawn, scratch their butts, and look the other way when at an important crossroads requiring activism. Even with mere voting.
America may still be the shining star, in many respects, but she is taking on some significant tarnish in recent years. And, the United States is merely part of an interactive global community wondering how long it will take lady liberty to freshen-up and regain her grand glory. Historically, the proudest day for most friendly nations was when exchanging visits and vows with the USA. We need a serious rebirth of international love and affection, based upon efficient policy, human rights, trust and decency.
Issue by issue, naturally, we have different demographics more attuned to their pertinent concerns. Certainly, we do not have a climate situation (i.e. pending catastrophe) that is discreetly adhering to any particular continent or area code. Behaviors plaguing any segment of the globe may indeed doom us all at some point, and sooner than we think. Yet, for those committed to not having children or grandchildren, who see the problem as not theirs and/or not maturing until many decades into the future — despite the omnipresent weather affects sustained already — this may not be seen as a paramount matter.
We have domestic troubles that are inordinately acute and persistent, with the imminent need of assuaging. We know them, including healthcare inadequacies, equal justice, gun safety, better jobs, equal pay, immigration fairness, voter protection, political reforms, and all the rest. For anyone who has any concerns, from family health to the potency of their paycheck, surely a personal pet issue can be the lightning rod energizing one's own involvement. Maybe it's been said too often that, with voting, this is the year that really matters the most. As said in the prior elections, and now per the upcoming elections, we know readily, that making a commitment to standing up and being counted is a critical component of our democracy.
While voting is a key part of the participation process, there are many other steps that can make a difference in this world, including many that the would-be participant can think of and uniquely unearth. The published checklists are the minimum, not the high-bar, of how persuasion takes place, and with vastly improved mobility, info sharing and social platforms, thousands can be reached and motivated, often in less time than it takes to the drive-thru.
There are special rewards for those who show up and advance a better vision for the world, which is nicely done while fortunate to be among the active participants in this theater of life. For those who care about others and future generations — as well as for those who care essentially for themselves in the present — all voices duly heard, and influences boldly extolled, help shape us as a people. Let the hope be, that we are genuinely humane, having a preference for kind and efficient governance and that our own hearts will be guiding lights for the true meaning and societal improvement, commensurate with our vital role in the process.
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