This election cycle has offered a crash course in electoral politics and democracy itself: policies apologized, policies promised, pragmatism, incrementalism, "...radicalism", xenophobia .... we go back and forth...and identity politics are used to sway us one direction or another. As I watch many "older" figures endorse what they believe is the "wiser" choice based on their belief in a pragmatic/incremental approach to the very obvious need for change, I am often surprised that their pragmatism is not applied to the question of what happens to the millions of young people voting through the lense of idealism, not yet marred by the nonsensical "slow crawl" towards what has been glaringly obvious for generations. It seems their fears applied to what is possible or "realistic" has blinded them to the question of what happens to a generation that is forced to once again choose between "the lesser of two evils' rather than the greatest of all goods? Do they have no fear of passing apathy down to another generation? Is the lesson they wish to teach that symbolic change is a wiser choice than actually going for what you believe in? If these same people had to vote for the technological advances we've experienced over the last ten years, following their logic, I might be typing on a flip-phone. My point is that sometimes change is not gradual, sometimes it's like the flipping of a switch. I'm sure if you asked any of these pragmatists if they imagined the tech advances of today would happen so quickly they'd answer "no". Twenty years ago, hardly any of them had mobile phones and definitely wouldn't imagine walking with a computer in their pocket. Technology is only a reflection of our awareness and it is not only signified through shining devices, but also by how we think and approach the world. The irony of the times is that the oldest candidate has the brightest idea, an idea that frightens the middle-aged and excites the youth. I say, the slow crawl to justice has taken long enough. Let's run to the polls. #voteforus
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