Sometimes we can feel that our vote is just going through the motions of some imposed regulation, that our one piece of paper means nothing.
Often, in parts of the world, an election day can mean turbulence and violence.
And in Australia it can come down to sausage sizzles and relief that we might not have quite such a high level of pomposity and rancour in our faces through the 24 hour news cycle.
Tomorrow Australia votes for a federal government – a House of Representatives and Senate. So perhaps instead of petty squabbles and absurd bright yellow billboards, we should be looking somewhere else. We should be looking at ourselves. And saying that this our chance.
The people of Australia are empowered by democracy tomorrow as we get the opportunity to create some key aspects of the world we want to live in.
We decide the lawmakers and distributors of our taxes and we do so to reflect the values that are fundamental to the way we want to live our lives.
Martin Luther King said:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
So maybe tomorrow is time. To get to the heart of things. To not totally overlook all the business and hurdles and mechanics of daily life but to consider what truly matters when we let the detail slip below the radar. When all that ‘stuff’ stops mattering one day – and it will – what we each of us truly value?
If you could have that clarity before so many things become past acknowledging, past rectifying and past doing …
if you could see what is truly important about us and within us as individuals and as a society …
perhaps some of that would be about people.
About our connections to people. About our humanity.
What if we voted not just for ourselves but for our legacy?
For the things that matter
That WILL matter to us when all is said and done.
What if we did now the things that would come to us when everything else just litters the abruptly distant mists of our past? When we have that moment of absolute clarity.
That defines us by those missed chances that sit heavily as regrets, by the unmistakable understanding of the big picture beyond our own lives – wasted for some irrational jealousy or overzealous personal ambition.
What if we could do the ‘if only’ s right now.
Tomorrow is the day for Australians to speak up.
To not be silent about the things that matter. That really matter.
One government can change a country. It’s not just a formality. ‘If history has taught us anything …’ well, you know the rest.
We’ve all pondered “If you had the chance to go back in time and …”.
What if you didn’t have to go back in time? What if you ARE that population of people? Who can determine who governs by those representatives’ big picture clarity about the society they will shape with their values.
What if we voted not just on promises about tollways and tunnels but about the principles that make us who we are as people. That WE want to be there for the people who need it. And the people who will come.
The things that dictate what will be said about THIS population when WE are history.
What if we looked at every election that way?
Simplistic? Vague? Irresponsible? Or … Important, Empowering, …
It’s up to you.
And that’s the point.
climate … poverty … peace … injustice …
big principles can lie below what seem like small decisions.
And for Australians, tomorrow …
It’s up to YOU.
Just think about it.