Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I’m not voting today and here’s why:

1.  Everyone says I have to. 

Log into facebook at all today and it’s going to be filled with pictures smug people (taken by themselves) proudly displaying their “I voted!” sticker.  This is the part that has always confused me.  Why do you feel the need to brag that you voted?  So everyone knows that you “did your civic duty” and are a productive member of society?  Because you like the design and think it’s aesthetically pleasing?  Or so you can hold it over people that didn’t vote?  I think that’s probably a main factor here.

Everyone that doesn’t vote is shunned and viewed as a lazy, incompetent, apathetic asshole that probably gets food stamps, doesn’t know where Alaska is, and hates the troops.  This is retarded bullshit.  I’ve often heard people say, “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, just vote!”  Why?  Because I can?  “Yes!  People died for your right to vote!  It’s a privilege and a duty!”  That’s right.  And people also died for my right to choose not to vote.  Voting is not the ultimate freedom that’s it’s made out to be.  The ability to vote is a pretty important freedom, but it’s not as important as, say, freedom of speech. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Constructive De-Construction

People are inherently selfish.  It’s probably just an evolutionary trait that was picked up when one group of monkeys refused to steal food from another group of monkeys during the dry season.  Of course, those good-natured monkeys died out and the assholes continued to mate and prosper until we finally put on some pants and figured out how to speak to each other.  This is just a reality of life and it’s the reason living in a big city sucks:  The more people you have, the more assholes you deal with.  That’s just how it goes.  Fine.  Okay.  The part that really gets me, though, is when this self-serving mindset gets institutionalized and becomes generally accepted.  There are many examples of this and they all piss me off.