"I guess I have a lot of problems, so many that I don't have time to go into them all in detail. Suffice it to say I'm anal, obsessive, vain, quick to temper, overly introspective, lazy, judgmental, insecure, and self-righteous. Probably the most annoying thing about me is that I'm hugely opinionated. But I kind of make up for that by always being right."


Friday, August 05, 2005

One Puny Little Vote

I don't vote. And I don't vote for pretty much the same reason I got a degree in philosophy, for the same reason I became a performer. I see everything on a grand scale. I'm not going to study accounting; I'm going to unravel the mystery of existence. I'm not going to sell insurance; I'm going to touch the lives of millions of people. And I'm not going to vote, because one puny little vote can't possibly make any difference in the grand scheme of things.

The problem is that I'm looking for my vote to have an effect out there in the real world. But I'm beginning to suspect that the real importance of voting is inside of me somewhere. Which, in a way, is what faith is all about.

Maybe if I voted I'd feel that I'm somehow woven into the tapestry of this country, and that working together we can accomplish great things -- maybe even elect an insensitive, mean-spirited, inarticulate elitist to the White House. Who knows?