Most people have a bubble in which they like to situate themselves. In this little bubble, they have friends, work, and responsibilities, but outside this bubble lies the unavoidable constant of reality. Imagine reality as a strong river, directing those who float onward through their lives, content with the space they have surrounded themselves with, but at the mercy of the river’s decision on where they may end up. It is intimidating to go up against what seems to be an unstoppable force of nature, but we are fortunately able to use a rudder to help steer our little bubbles. We have the chance to vote.
Regardless of the situation, the stakes, or even the purpose, votes weigh on matters big and small. It is easy to rationalize a single vote as an insignificant thing, and true, one should not always expect instant gratification. However, even when a cause seems lost, the support given to it can rekindle the passions to have it rise stronger than ever at a later date.
Those in college may especially feel that they are out of control of their lives. They may feel that they are being pushed down the river far too rapidly, bubble about to burst. During these hectic times some can forget about their rudders. Considering the legislation passed every year on matters like education, housing, employment. Now is a good time for them, and for you, to try to direct where your river will end.
The editorial staff of The Spectator would like to encourage every student to pay attention to the debates, commercials, and the poll numbers in the media during elections season. Even further, we want to encourage everyone to vote with the information absorbed over the next year, no matter your political affiliation.
While it might not seem like much initially, a vote is important. Your vote is important. Your vote matters.
This editorial was written by a member of the editorial staff and expresses the general opinion of The Spectator.