Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.

“I do have a choice,” said Pato. – The book in question is The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander.

Do you have a choice Pato? Does anyone? You wanted to keep your books at any cost, and that may prove to be your downfall. The truth is they would have come for you even if your father had burned all of your books. It’s not just owning the books that made you suspect, it’s what you know and what you think. Ideas are the real threat. And they can’t burn those, try as they might. Are you right, does your idealism trump your father’s pragmatism?

People like to believe that they have a choice, that they have free will because then they can take credit for their successes. And this way they can blame people whose lives haven’t gone so well, saying that people are responsible for their own circumstances, good or bad. If only it were that simple, if only it were a question of choosing to do the right things. Being told that you only have to make the right decisions is of little comfort when the deck is stacked against you before you even get to the table. When you simply have to make the best of what you have. When the things you want to achieve are always so far away you’re always going to be merely dreaming of them.

In about four months there’s going to be an election here, I always say that it’s important to vote, that it’s important to engage with the democratic process. An election is meant to be about choosing the person or party that best represents your views. Except in this election all the three parties look very similar.

Choice, what choice? The two parties currently in government are obviously not an option, I would not have ever voted for them before, let alone now. The third choice is an illusory one. They offer no real change, they will not commit to correcting the errors of the current government. Of course they won’t, after all they started some of these so called “reforms.”

It’s not easy to make the argument that voting is important when there is so little to choose from, when the parties are making a mockery of the process. Yet when I look at certain fringe parties who hold some very scary views, I see very strongly the reason for voting. Anything to keep idiots like them out of power is something worth doing.  You may not be able to make the choies you want to make in other ways, the choices you want simply aren’t there, at least not yet, but at the very least you can do that.

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