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Why I’m Not Voting

Vote for Nobody

I don’t own a TV. I don’t watch the news. I don’t pay attention to any of the bread and circuses. I’m too busy improving myself and those around me.

But word on the street is that it’s getting close to election time here in ‘merica.

People ask me what I think about Donald Trump running for president or whatever other WWE-like political stage show is going on. This inevitably leads to me saying “I’m not going to vote.”

Now before you fall off of your high horse in astonishment, let me explain… I choose not to vote, not out of ignorance, nor out of apathy (actually quite the opposite), but out of noncompliance with a broken, fundamentally corrupt and laughably ineffective system.

If given the choice between stabbing myself with a knife or stabbing myself with a fork, I would choose neither (after questioning why I would even stab myself in the first place).

C’mon, do you really think the votes are counted fairly after fiascos like the blatantly manipulated “Florida recount” of 2000? There’s obviously foul play going on, and digitizing the voting process makes it even easier to rig the game. It’s not even a popular vote anyway. People’s votes (supposedly) go to selecting members of the Electoral College, who then elect the president. (Another safeguard to make sure that only “selected” candidates are voted in?)

“Presidents are selected, not elected.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Isn’t it ironic that most people feel like their opinion is negligible when it comes to most things? But in terms of voting (which is a blatantly rigged game), they fall for the fairy tale that their vote counts?

When I tell people I don’t vote, I get two predictable reactions…

Some people say “If you don’t exercise your right to vote, then you don’t have a right to criticize anything.” But I would contend that if we have the right to vote, shouldn’t we also have the right to NOT vote? Mandatory compliance for the entire population is the antithesis of freedom. This leads into the next one.

Other people say “If you don’t like it, then leave.” Well, America was founded on the principle that the people have the right to criticize the government, and the right to overthrow it if it becomes tyrannical. Then there’s that little freedom of speech thing that just so happens to be the first amendment. If you live in a country where you can’t criticize the government, you’re in a 1984-like nightmare. I’d rather not slide down that slippery slope.

“To criticize one’s country is to do it a service …. Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism – a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation.” – U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright

Insanity

The Two Main Reasons Why I’m Not Voting

1. The System is Broken

The entire political system in the US is basically a branch of the big banks. The vast majority of senators are lap dogs for big corporations (lobbying is just a fancy way of saying bribery). And the entire hierarchy is designed so that the most obedient to those interests rise to the top. Anyone who tries to bring about any real change from within it is either silenced into submission or converted into another spineless drone dancing the puppet master’s dance.

If you can’t see that there’s a massive conspiracy at hand, you’re in deep, deep denial. This is a call for you to wake up.

Here’s just the tip of the iceberg of deceit:

Regarding the rigging of the voting process itself:

Can you get any more dysfunctional and deceptive? Everything that’s projected at us is one big, theatrical lie. To even give such an institution legitimacy is an insult to our intrinsic nature as sovereign beings.

Don’t get caught up in “what’s wrong” though. Running around like a fearful, paranoid conspiracy theorist won’t help. You just need to be aware of the forces holding you back in order to transcend them.

We must focus on building a better system rather than trying to repair a hopelessly broken one.

If a glass breaks, do you waste your time trying to glue all of the pieces back together? Of course not. You get a new glass!

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Dan Millman

Is Elon Musk trying to change the auto-industry from the inside? Is he trying to take over Ford or Chevy? No, he’s creating better alternatives (through Tesla Motors) that are rendering the traditional technologies futile.

And really, all of the bullshit legislation and asinine topics of discussion are akin to switching chairs around on the Titanic. We need to change the fundamental paradigms which western society is based upon. We need a monetary system that does not funnel wealth into the hands of a few. We need energy that creates abundance as opposed to limitation. We need to embrace love, as opposed to being conditioned from cradle-to-grave with fear.

2. The Power of Noncompliance

“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

For some reason, most Americans have been conditioned to believe that peaceful noncompliance isn’t an effective driver of change. Quite the opposite is true. This false belief has been propagated because, when used properly, it’s an immensely effective force.

Peaceful resistance is the only way to create positive, lasting change. Noncompliance is the kryptonite of any control system.

No law, no system, no government can be implemented unless people COMPLY with it. Any manifestation of a control system cannot exist without our acquiescence.

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Society is overwhelmingly shaped by acts, not laws. People are inspired through the heart, not necessarily through documents and signatures. What law did Gandhi pass? What law did MLK pass? Did Rosa Parks go through a legislative process? Hell no. She practiced peaceful noncompliance by refusing to sit in the back of the bus. And it was a huge moral victory.

We can also look at the events that have shaped society in more negative ways. Look at 9/11. It was a false-flag attack engineered to instill fear within the population (along with being an excuse to occupy the Middle East). Ever since that tragic day, Americans have been literally programmed with fear.

We need to take action to spark positive change, along the lines of Gandhi and MLK.

In the phenomenal novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, a utopian(ish) society neutralizes the invasion of a dystopian society through noncompliance. The utopian society had built better alternatives in every aspect of living. When the armed invaders came, they were met with peaceful noncompliance. At first, some were killed for not obeying orders. But eventually, the invading army recognized that the place they had invaded provided a better life than they could have imagined back home. The strategy of peaceful resistance caused the hierarchy of the violent invaders to implode from within.

You can’t fight fire with fire. It must be put out with water. Noncompliance is that water.

What would happen if the majority of the population refused to vote? Not out of apathy, but out of noncompliance with a system that they don’t agree with. And letting it be known, emphatically, on top of that. (See the “call to action” at the bottom of this article to do just that.) Everyone would be forced to take a long, hard look and question even the most fundamental beliefs that the government is based upon. When noncompliance hits a tipping point, the established system of government would have no choice but to be uprooted and rebuilt from the ground up.

And don’t think you don’t matter in the grand scheme of things (yes, you reading this). You most certainly do play a part. Just as an ocean is a collection of individual drops, a nation is but a collection of individual people.

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Voltaire

It’s about time we started an avalanche of positive change.

Change starts from within. There must first be internal change for there to be any real, lasting external change. That’s why Gandhi said, “Be the change we wish to see in the world,” not “Hope someone else will come along and change things for you.” (Which is the trap most Americans have fallen into.)

Be the change

Want Real Change?

  1. Wake up to the fact that everything being projected at us is one big, theatrical illusion.
  2. Do the inner work – Get to know yourself, meditate, journal, spend some alone time in nature…etc. Establish some self-awareness and recognize your patterns. Why do you think society keeps us distracted and focusing on utter nonsense 24/7? Because once we go within, the game is up.
  3. Clear your demons – From a place of awareness, you’ll be able to address the fears, traumas and limiting beliefs that are holding you back.
  4. Connect with love – Connect with the essence of love within you (it’s there), which is the underlying component of everything (aka God, Source, the Infinite…etc.). With this connection, love will be the main motivating force in your life, as opposed to fear.
  5. Practice small acts of kindness every day – Do not underestimate the power of small acts of kindness done consistently.
  6. Start expressing your gifts, whatever they may be – Some people are great architects, some are great engineers, some are great healers, some are great writers, some are great permaculturists…etc. Everyone has a unique gift to share with the world. We all have special talents that will become building blocks in creating a better world. You just have to do the inner work so it can express itself.
  7. Watch society change from the inside out – When we do the inner work, we will transform, then communities will inevitably transform and eventually the world as well. Change happens from the inside out, not the outside in (and especially not from the “top” down). What will this look like exactly? I don’t think we can even imagine the exact details of it from where we’re at right now. But as MLK famously stated, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

We’ve been focusing all of our energy on external authority figures for so long that we can’t even fathom what the world would look like if we all stepped into our inherent power. And that is exactly what needs to happen for any real change to take place.

Stop focusing on what, deep down, you know to be illusory and embody the change.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

We hold the key to change, and it lies within.

We shape society based on our daily actions, not by hoping someone else will come and save us.

And that’s why I’m not voting.

– Stevie P!

How Real Change Actually Takes Place

CALL TO ACTION

If you don’t want to vote, out of noncompliance (not apathy), you can do these two things to have your voice heard: (Imagine what would happen if thousands of people did this.)

1. Tweet this…
Tweet: I’m not voting, not out of apathy, but out of noncompliance with a fundamentally corrupt system. #novote #votefornobody #noncompliance

Let’s get those hashtags trending on Twitter.

2. Email the US Government, expressing that you’re not voting out of noncompliance.

Here’s a general script for the comment: (You can copy this or create your own, with your own name of course)

Dear US Government,

I’m not voting in the presidential election, not out of apathy, but out of noncompliance. I do not wish to give legitimacy to a fundamentally corrupt system.

Every president presented to us has been SELECTED by the shadowy and deceptive powers that (wanna)be. The interests of the people have taken a backseat to the interest of big banks, big corporations, big pharma, the military industrial complex, the oil companies…etc.

I also do not have faith in the voting system. It is a rigged game and there never really was a truly popular vote.

I’m grateful, however, that I at least have the right to express this. I wish to let it be known that I am not voting out of noncompliance.

Thank you for your consideration.

And whoever reads this, I wish you well.

– Stephen Parato

 

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Stevie P

  • Your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren may pay for cowardice and apathy. Don’t worry the fight will continue 😉

  • Savannah Hulon

    Hi Stevie! I love the message behind this post, but I still cannot agree with you about not voting. If you HAD been paying attention to the current presidential primary, you would see that there is a candidate that actually agrees with most of what you said in this post and wants to change our broken system. His name is Bernie Sanders and he is trying to start a political revolution. By not participating in this revolution, you are basically letting the system run it’s course. I, too, believe that it is best to work from the inside out, to focus on yourself first. However, I believe that, when we are given a platform to inspire positive change for the nation as a whole, we should take advantage of it! I hope that you will consider reading up on Bernie’s policies, even if you still decide not to vote. Even if you do not want to participate in the circus, it is still going to affect you. Maybe our votes don’t really count towards the presidency, but we can still make our voice heard, as Bernie Sanders’ campaign is proving everyday. He has given a voice to the voiceless and has a plan that would potentially vastly improve the lives of millions of people across this country. I think that’s worth being a part of. A political revolution has to start somewhere, and now we have a chance to participate in it. Why sit back and let it happen without you?

    • Hi Savannah,

      I appreciate your input. With Bernie, he seems cool and “anti-establishment” (and has a lot of views which I agree with), but he’s ultimately an admitted socialist who will increase people’s dependency on government. We don’t need more government, nor do we need to depend on it. In my opinion, that’s the exact opposite direction of the solution.

      Also, not voting doesn’t mean do nothing (why do people always jump to that conclusion? haha). It’s about focusing on solutions. Think about what the world would look like if people focused on their own lives instead of all of the bullshit on TV? We can’t even fathom that. Energy flows where attention goes. We only think we need this system because we focus on it so much. “Grow food, not government” is a phrase I recently came across that I like.

      Watch my video at the end of the article. I advocate pursuing your own gifts/passions, and we all have a building block for building a better world. That’s how change happens. I’m going to focus on writing, healing and continue to develop (and implement) my vision for what a better world would look like. We need to create better systems that will render this one useless (which it is), not give it legitimacy by focusing on it and participating in it.

      But this is just my perspective.

      Sending you love.

      – Stevie P

      • Savannah Hulon

        You make some very good points, and I have to say that you have given me a new perspective on the issue. I guess, due to my own limitations, I’m just not yet ready to completely eschew “the system”. I’m guess I’m still too invested in it. I applaud you for your commitment to your beliefs. I think your message is powerful and true. Thanks to your words, I will be paying more careful attention where I channel my energy.

        Sending much love and respect in return,
        Savannah

        • I love your open-mindedness. Thank you 🙂