I too have become indifferent to the political rhetoric to a certain degree. I hadn’t paid serious attention to the questions on the Massachusetts ballot especially questions 2 and 3 relating to Assisted Suicide and Medical Marijuana. I would have probably gone to the ballot box and made a casual decision on these questions. Luckily I entered in to a conversation with a doctor who has passionate views on both these questions. This morning I spent a couple of hours discussing with her the various issues relating to these questions. Our discussion opened my mind to perspectives about the issues that I hadn’t thought about and their potential impacts on the people involved. I do not necessarily agree with all her points, but I certainly appreciate her point of view. I am really glad I had the conversation.
It made me realize that if I don’t pay attention to these issues like many others who are fed with the political process, and do not exercise my right to vote, the laws will be passed or rejected without our say. And we may not like what we get in the end. But then it will be too late to make our voices heard. We live in a democratic society where every citizen gets a chance to vote and voice their opinion. We take this for granted but let us not forget that people have given their lives to achieve freedom and earn the right to vote.
So please vote and let your voice be heard. It matters!