Monday, February 11, 2008

... History

"Civilizations proceed from bondage to spiritual faith
from spiritual faith to courage
from courage to liberty
from liberty to abundance
from abundance to selfishness
from selfishness to apathy
from apathy to dependency
and from dependency back to bondage.

Apathy is also anti-democratic as democracy requires the informed consent of the governed, and will not last if voters can't be bothered."

~Arnold Toynbee

Avoid apathy.
Be informed.
Tomorrow is Virginia's Presidential Primary.


wendy said...

So my take is that we are a nation in the selfishness to apathy phase of the cycle. What do you see?

I think it takes more than just a vote...we have many uninformed, misinformed voters who do vote. Unfortunately it seems that we are in a country where one can vote...but it doesn't change all the things that slide in under the radar of sometimes even the most informed is important and if it really changed something it would work even better!

Ginger said...

Im there.

Jessica Rockey said...

You should make Bek post her HYSTERICAL voting story. Leave it to her to 'not vote' by handing her empty ballot to the guy at the machine! I'm laughing out loud just thinking of it!

Michelle said...

Wendy- I'm encouraged by the number of people going to the polls but continue to be discouraged by the general unawareness of issues or lack of opinion on the issues. It can be daunting to keep abreast of them all, however, I find Toynbee's comment interesting-- that a democracy requires the consent of the governed.

Jessica- I remember her story. She should share it just before Novembers elections. I think of her every time I vote. Too funny!