Americans seem absorbed with politics at this point in our history. The upcoming elections are a major focus in a news cycle that varies between pre-election, election and post-election. It is a topic that never leaves and to some extent it is a diversion from the real election.
There is a saying that you have three votes. You vote with the cash box, the ballot box and if all else fails, the cartridge box. I think this should be updated to include the computerin’ box but I won’t get into that here. Of these votes, we are trained to believe it is all about the ballot box. That is not the real vote. That is not the real election.
With every dollar you spend, imagine that you are putting it in a ballot box. Every cent that leaves your person shapes the world for the better or for the worse. Does that company’s values align with your own? Do they send jobs overseas? How do they treat their employees? How are their business practices affecting our economy, natural resources, other cultures, etc?
They’ve sold us this idea that we are powerless, but we are not. We simply send our cash votes out without considering the candidates. I don’t have a lot of money, but my money does have an effect. Together we can topple mighty tyrants and monolithic, soulless institutions of greed…. people who have sold us down the river without a thought. Together, we of little resources are the most powerful country in the world.
So, consider the dollar you are about to pass over the counter, the credit card transaction you are about to make… when those bits and bytes travel down fiber optics and lower your figure – who’s figure is it raising? You’ve just cast your vote in the real election.