Lately, the people around me (read: my Facebook friends) have noticed how passionate I’ve become about Bernie Sanders and his campaign for presidency. Several people have made comments like, “wow, you seem really… into that stuff now”. Which is a nice but non-committal and slightly condescending way of acknowledging that I feel strongly about something they could care less about.
And trust me, they don’t care. So many people I’ve talked to have said something to the effect of, “It doesn’t matter if I vote, Alaska is a red state.” Or “I’m not really interested in politics.” Or “there’s so much corruption, what’s the point? My vote doesn’t matter.” But that’s the thing, isn’t it? It’s so much easier to be disenfranchised and defeated. It requires less of you. If you throw your hands up and assume the system is broken, then it takes the pressure off of the individual to be informed, to be passionate, or to be angry. And if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.
But at the same time, part of me just wants to stop caring. I don’t have kids, so it likely won’t affect me, right? Our environment is running out of resources, and fast. Soon there won’t be a fight, because we’ll have effectively consumed the resources, and we’ll be – what? Fighting each other for scraps? We’re at the tail-end of a golden era of commerce. Soon it won’t just be far-off lands that are overrun with pollution and poisoned water, that’s coming to our front door faster than any of us care to realize.
Which is another reason young people don’t care, because paragraphs like the one above aren’t sexy. It’s not sexy to care about animal species dying off and water slowly turning into poisonous sludge. It’s so much easier to focus on the next superhero sequel or laugh at Tumblr posts than it is to look around and actually recognize what’s really going on.
Bernie Sanders is the ONLY candidate who isn’t being paid for by big politics, who has dedicated to transitioning to alternative energy, has made it clear he’s going to invest less in wars and more in people, and has a long career of actually fighting for the middle- and lower-classes and not the super-wealthy. This transcends Democrat and Republican. This isn’t a politics issue, this is a humanity issue. If you’re not planning on voting for Bernie, or if you’re not planning on voting at all, I beg you to please do the research. Look into the candidates. Take it seriously and recognize that if you don’t have an opinion on the issues, there are plenty of people who are happy to profit from your ignorance, indifference and blind obedience.