Why I will never vote again.
Putting aside for a moment the corruption, the lack of vision, the similarities between the major parties and the plain old lack of democracy in our current parliamentary system, I will not vote because I will love the outcome no matter what.
I love Stephen Harper and John McCain…………well I’m working on it anyway.
And the main reason is that they are merely a reflection of the current paradigm. They represent all the things that I am hoping (believing) can and will change.
But the bottom line is that they are us.
They are the result of the indoctrination system that we have all grown up in; that we have been spoon fed, often begging for more, since we came into the present cultural condition and that to some extent are still buying into. We have willingly taken on the fear that has been offered up to us, fear of other, fear of failure, fear of change, fear of poverty, fear of the unknown and even the fear of fear itself.
Because what happens when you have a population guided by and raised on fear is that you have more than enough fodder for the economic slavery that so many are completely enmeshed in. We work to pay off debt that resulted from trying to educate ourselves, from trying to be exactly what we have been told that we are, consumers of things that we believe we need to make us feel better about ourselves. We have indebted ourselves to the idea of happiness and then found out that it hasn’t made us happy.
The core philosophy behind metta-politics is:
We get the governments that we need and deserve.
It certainly seems pretty obvious that the US would not be where they are now had G.W.B. not been given a second term. But from the perspective of metta-politics the current scenario is forcing the population to look hard at where they are now and forcing them to decide where they want to be.
Whereas marking a box on a ballot every 4 or 5 years does not make choice.
It is an act disguised as choice.
It represents the con, that is participatory democracy. While if you are lucky enough to mark your x in the winners box, you can sit at home feeling that you have contributed and participated. But for the next 4 or 5 years you get to watch impotently as your choice does all kinds of things that you do not agree with.
As a large and extremely diverse collective we get governments which form policy, change laws and often enact obscenely self-serving edicts in order to reflect back to us who we really are, what we really need and want and where we are at any given moment in time.
When a large enough percentage of the population has realized that mean spirited, every motherfucker for themselves policies are not appropriate, then and only then will we get a government that will move us away from that position.
So as we as individuals move towards what we know intuitively to be truth, as we follow our hearts and step outside of dualist thought we can and will tip the scales away from our current condition of war, famine, mistrust of other, greed and the general belief that one person (or culture or religion) is any different than another.
In conclusion, please go out and vote, if that is the process that will work for you, but please do not conclude that I have no right to complain or deconstruct whatever future political structure that we end up with because I did not cast my vote. I will be voting but it will be with love and not with an X on a piece of paper.
*Metta – from Pali (the language of the Buddha) meaning: loving-kindness.