By Raza Hasnain Naqvi
When the election comes knocking, then it is time to get up from the chair. Are you going to get up at all from your chair, or stuff some cotton in your ears, or maybe even raise the volume of that headphone to mute the insistent knocks?
A few folks would wish fervently that all the hustle and bustle of electioneering and sloganeering simply vanish at the touch of some magical button. They would feel the bliss if, instead of the noise of elections, there is the sound of silence found in a vacuum.
Inter-dependence and emotions
But we don’t live in a vacuum. We humans live in an inter-dependent society. When an activity like an election in a community and society is set in motion, that will govern the emotions of its members living in it for a set period of time, then logically all members are expected to take part in it.
But, there is also the fact that often emotions govern our individual mind more than we care to express and accept. So, emotions full of purpose will dictate that the individual go out and take part in that activity. Then a different set of emotions smelling of indifference and apathy would whisper forcefully to the mind to forget that activity and remain at home.
All wise people tell us to control our thoughts, rather than be controlled by our thoughts. But our individual feelings of superiority at times, will force us to do the opposite. The logical mind can shout till it goes hoarse that you should take part in that election activity in some way as it involves your welfare, but you would simply shrug your shoulder and reply: Yeah, Whatever!
However, once the election is over and you start talking about the useless election, then you also begin to gradually feel the collective impact of the choices that others made for you. Your inaction begins to bear unpleasant fruit. But, you don’t complain as it was just what you expected, didn’t you?
So, what matters in an election environment? Engaging in some manner helps in forming opinions about that precious vote and the lucky candidate who might just get it. Even if you don’t engage, you’ll be forced to comment on something.
At this point, what are the options that you have in an election environment? Let me list a few.
- Watch TV, avoid news channels; or, Watch TV, avidly check news channels.
- Meet people and talk about election; or, Meet people and pointedly ignore all talk about elections.
- Go on the Internet and engage with people on social media on election; or, Go on the Internet and block/unfollow all people who talk about election.
- Meet your friends and ask what do they feel about voting in Election 2014; or, Meet your friends and request them not to bring up any election related topic in front of you.
- Meet your relatives and ask who they would vote for in Election 2014; or, Meet your relatives and only smile when they give their election opinion. You can’t stop them as they are your relatives, remember. They’ll take offence.
Parting Question: Do you have any other options that you would prefer to pursue in an intense Election 2014 environment that is upon us?
Raza likes to share snippets of his life experiences and observations through his writings. This blogpost is the Day-13 post of his 15-day trial of daily blogging. Besides his social media footprints on twitter, facebook, instagram and Google+, he can also be reached on his email: bylineraza[at]gmail[dot]com
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