Dear Voters:

I don’t not vote out of laziness, I don’t not vote out of hopelessness, and I don’t not vote out of apathy; I choose not to vote actively.

It’s mind-boggling how many people are proud to say they voted, and urge others to do the same, but those same people are too ashamed to share whom they voted for? That’s an alternative way of saying “HEY, I HAVE AN OPINION… but I’m too scared to share it with you.” Nobody has earned my confidence because I have impossibly high standards for government officials. Politics at that level bore me; I have no interest in the fantasy, face-lifted façade of the manufacturing, selling, and trading of lies. The world does not need structured chaos; It simply needs compassion, empathy, and honesty.

Honesty builds trust, trust breeds truth, and truth forces understanding. Understanding brings peace, and peace is love. I am doing my part in making this world a better place by means of oversharing and being an open book — despite the consequences that come with it. I’ve been known to make some ill-timed comments and shared many an unpopular opinion, but I’ve never been known to be disingenuous — that would be a disservice to my party; My affiliation belongs to that of the human condition, and I’m a leader in a party of which there is no hierarchy. I champion (and challenge) everyone I encounter to be a little more human and a little less ape.

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Like or loathe, let’s respect. Speak up and speak out, but definitely speak from within. Stand up for what you believe in every day, not just on voting day. I may live by society’s guidelines, but I don’t depend on them, and I don’t need to change them to change the planet. My gifts allow me to work within the confines of a broken system. I don’t vote, but my voice is more powerful than any ballot-stuffed sheet. I don’t need a sticker to pretend to have fulfilled my duty as an American citizen. I’m not here to serve my country. I don’t serve an intangible ideology — I serve you, and I serve me. No one person owns the world, but all of us are owed to it. Make a difference in somebody’s day today, and be the change you want to see in the world.

Sincerely, a non-voter.

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