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What Did We Learn from Election 2016?

Apathy in Election 2016

So, what did we learn from Election 2016? Your reading of this post comforts me. Why? You did not just say, “Oh, another blog about the elections; what difference does it make now?” Whether you voted or not, you did not take an apathetic approach to this post. Nevertheless, many individuals were apathetic with regards to the elections. Why?

The Ostrich Approach?

Were people taking an approach like the ostrich, burying their head in the sand? “Contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand.”1 An ostrich, when frightened, may sometimes lay flat with their neck and head level with the ground for camouflage. The ostrich primarily practices this to protect its eggs. It never buries its head in the ground.

The strategy to not vote because one did not like the choice of either candidate does not imitate the wise actions of the ostrich. Per Plato, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”2 A lot worse could end up governing you. Will apathy benefit future generations?

Election 2016 – So, what did we learn?

I learned that apathy is not the answer. As a spiritual person, I learned that there are times we can be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good. A friend clearly said to me “the gospel is all about social justice.” I learned that I need to, first and foremost, vote; if not for the candidate, at least, for the person that will give me more time. More time for what, you ask?

We need to vote for more time to build up, encourage, and develop leaders we can support. I leave with you this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.,

“And so we shall have to do more than register and more than vote; we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud with enthusiasm.”3 What did we learn? #CreateLeaders

1http://www.wisegeek.com/do-ostriches-really-bury-their-heads-in-the-sand.htm
2,3https://www.pinterest.com/ebrandbuzz/voting-rights/