This morning I woke up to the seedy undertow of the final days before our federal election. Politicians are scrambling from left, right, and everywhere but centre to form a positive imprint in the minds of the viewers/listeners/readers that constitute the “swinging vote”. It feels cheap. It feels transparent. It feels like a tacky insult to our collective intelligence. But we know better than to be appalled because it’s what we pay them for.
This particular election comes at an interesting time. The fresh optimism that ebbs its way into the atmosphere when spring arrives has left me with feelings of reserved hope – not for either party, or for the election to swing either way. My hope lies in the standards of humanity. I hope that regardless of the outcome, our nation can find a way to release the loathing and guilt it feels. I hope that our people can put aside the party games of the government and find a common ground on relevant issues.
I hope that people will see the power in their own voices, and turn their back on a system of politicians. I hope that we can begin to renew our society into a nation that beats the drum of humanity and equality, minus the greed and spite that infects it.
I will cast my vote tomorrow. I will probably vote Independent. And regardless of the outcome (assuming it won’t be apocalyptic) I will wake up on Sunday morning and carry on with my own journey.
Life goes on.