Voting On My Mind
It seems to me that everyone here is somewhere on the spectrum of voting or not-voting, and belief or not-belief in the process. I am interested in people's experience before and after.
I’m sitting here on the deck as the day comes to an end, wondering if and how one’s vote may make a difference; and thinking that in some cases it’s possible, and in others not. Obviously local is the place to start, even if time is limited, hopes possibly unattainable, and outcome inconceivable. I could have voted if I had requested an absentee ballot. I gave up requesting at the last election, the whole time thinking I should so that I could tick Green, but I didn’t. I think, in part, it was a sense of apathy, disgust, distance, laziness, etc ……
Yet after listening to coverage of the election on my way home, I started to feel a kind of conflict between my scepticism regarding the significance of voting and my interest in the results. It was interesting to hear the response of the two people on The Panel to the news being reported, by a kiwi correspondent and a US correspondent.
I found this comment especially insightful and sad …
So I am wondering how others felt about their perceptions of voting, before and after.
Balancing the dissonance, to some extent, was an email from the NZ Green Party …
Back in April headlines around the world celebrated our historic ban on new offshore oil and gas. It was a momentous result of decades of campaigning on climate change. It showed what the Greens can achieve at the heart of Government.
Today, we changed the law to make this ban a reality.
This means that no new offshore oil and gas permits can be issued. This is a big win for our climate and our oceans … We worked to improve this law change. However, our proposed amendments, to close a loophole that allows big oil companies to apply for extensions to their permits, weren’t possible under the current laws.
Enjoy the results that are positive, is what I am currently wishing.
ps. If I’ve disappeared, it’s because it’s past my bedtime, and I’ll catch up late tomorrow ; ).