In America, we have been trained to believe in the idea of “one person one vote” and that every vote counts. Forget, for a moment, the 2004 Presidential election where the Supreme Court discounted counting all votes cast, and go with me a bit as I affirm the defeatist cry “one vote doesn’t matter.”
One vote does not matter. A single vote does no good. However, my vote, together with your vote, begins to make a difference. Understanding how to combine votes for influence is quickly being lost on the majority of us because we tend to see the world, and the profit of our lives, through an individual lens and not a shared kaleidoscope of being.
Voting, we must remember, is a social event that brings together people who share the same interests: I believe in this and you believe in this and together we can find others who believe in this and, before you know it, our insignificant single votes have become 100,000 votes with power and prestige and the muscle to move people, policy and nations.
Voting builds the will of the people but we cannot do it alone. Voting demands a commitment to each other and we must do it together. As you reflect on hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War and the future of our Supreme Court, consider where we are and how we got here. Then ask yourself if you are satisfied with the current state of not just your life but the emotional welfare of the entire nation.
Then wander back to the wondering moment of truth a year ago when you either cast a single vote — or no vote at all — and demand an answer if you did everything to find enough people to combine your shared interest with others who share your interest in order to change the will of a national majority leadership that appears lost, apathetic and disinterested in those unlike themselves.