By Raza Hasnain Naqvi
When did you last think seriously about your vote? I hope not just during election time, because that is what most of us do normally.
You do realise the power of your money, don’t you? Of course, you do. I know it sounded like a dumb question. But I meant it that way. You also understand well that when you pay money for anything, you get something in return. It could be some kind of tangible product or some kind of intangible service. You always get something in return. Even if you just donate money, then too, you get something – intangible blessings.
Now, I invite you once again to think about your vote. This time don’t just think of your vote as only a right that you exercise to get your preferred candidates elected. Think about it as plain and simple money. Once you start thinking of it in that way, then here are some thoughts that would start developing in your brain.
- My vote is money, so I can now get something I need from someone. I have to give money. I have to give vote.
- My vote is money, so if I give someone my money, then I have to get something I want. I will give money, so that in return I’ll get something. I have to give vote.
- My vote is money, so if I am not donating it, then I am using it for the purpose of getting some product or service. I will give money to him and he will give me the product/service that I want. I have to give vote.
- My vote is money, so if I know that I have money, then I am peaceful that I can use it when the occasion demands it to satisfy my need, whenever it arises. I have to give vote.
- My vote is money, so if I know that this is the kind of money that nobody can take from me and it can be used only by me, then I am happy that it is always at my service. I have to give vote.
Now, that I have managed to make my point clearer that your vote is really a kind of money that is there at your disposal, am sure you’ll use it wisely.
With Indian Election 2014 campaigning gathering momentum daily and all candidates sweating it out in the heat, sun and dust, you realise well that they are doing it all for your money, also now known as ‘Vote’.
Now, think with a clear head, how you are going to use this money. Because at stake, is something more than fulfilment of short-term happiness. At stake, is years of living with the choice you made with your ‘Vote money’.
Parting Question: Are you going to use this ‘Vote money’ wisely with caution and discretion to really get some service that you require? Or will you just do some impulsive shopping with this ‘Vote money’ to buy that shiny new thing that you saw advertised in your local newspaper, TV channel or some website?
Raza likes to share snippets of his life experiences and observations through his writings. This blogpost is the Day-15 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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