Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Humbled and Privileged

So... it's election day, and everyone in the blogosphere is putting up last minute rants or one last final argument for their candidate. In regards to the purpose of my blog, it is not concerned with politics, which is why I have avoided it for the last several months, and left those posts to more capable hands. However, I now feel compelled to make at least one political post.

I will admit upfront that discussing politics makes me sick to my stomach. Not because I dislike politics, but rather because I care so much for this country, it makes me so nervous to think about what hangs in the balance. I would like to hope that justice prevails and that for the most part people are decent and good, yet I can't help but worry that for various reasons (a broken political process, misinformation and flawed media, corruption, greed, selfish motivations, etc.) we could potentially miss the mark on making sound, right decisions to protect this country's citizens and uphold the life that our forefathers fought so hard to create for us.

I've tried to keep my blog to be solely about the arts and culture, as it interests me. Yet, I cannot pretend that I'm unaffected by the goings-on of the political process. In fact, the very luxury I have in enjoying the arts such as music, literature, art, film, I have because of the safe, civilized and free country I live in. As our second President of the United States so eloquently explained...

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain." - John Adams (1735-1826)

I am thankful that I live in a country where I have the leisure to enjoy the arts and the leisure and position to write about them on this inconsequential blog. There are some countries who are still "studying politics and war", where people don't have the right to vote, and are lucky to have fresh drinking water for the day, let alone a computer to blog about it. I feel humble and privileged.

Which leads me to my final point. In the early hours this morning, as I stood in line waiting to vote, I was complaining to myself about how cold it was (yes, it was a chilly 64 degrees here in AZ). I caught myself having whiny thoughts about the cold, about how long the line was, about how slowly we were moving, about being late to work, etc. Then I immediately recognized that I was being tremendously ungrateful and admonished myself for such thoughts. How could I complain about such an opportunity, to live in a country where every voice matters?

Voting is a privilege; one that our forefathers fought for during the Revolutionary War. Future generations fought to uphold it in the World Wars, and even now our soldiers are fighting not only to protect these rights, but are also trying to bring democracy, freedom and the right to vote to a land not even our own. As a woman, I have an even greater debt to pay, to the suffragettes who came before me, who fought for my right to vote. I conclude this post with a picture of a few of those ladies who paved the way...

And even though politics make me a little nauseous, I am thankful for the process, thankful for the opportunity and thankful that, regardless of the outcome, my Lord still sits on the throne. He sees all, knows all, and is in control of all things. I will find peace in that tonight.


Elizabeth C. said...

We are indeed blessed to live in this country and to have the privileges, rights and comforts that we enjoy. Thank you for reminding us of that and for sharing your thoughts on this historic day. As always, you did it quite eloquently.

D.L. White said...

Thanks for the sweet compliment Elizabeth. These thoughts were rolling around in my head all morning and I felt like I just had to get them out there. :)

And now I must admit to my little selfish superficial side, who is totally bummed that the FRINGE isn't on tonight because of all the political coverage... :P

Jessie said...

You are eloquent as always, my friend. I really appreciated your sentiments. Especially the reminder from John Adams. We are a privileged people.

chandy said...

I was glad to see a post from you! As much as I commend the efforts of nanowrimo, I don't like the idea of you not posting for a whole month!

I really liked that John Adams quote too. I'm actually reading a book about the civil war right now, and when you stop to think about all of the horrible things our country has come through (and we've come through stronger and better each time) it's easy to be optimistic!

D.L. White said...

Yeah... it's already a week into November and I haven't done anything about the Nanowrimo so I guess I won't do it this year... :( I don't know why they do it in November, when all the holiday stuff is starting to kick-off and everyone is busy traveling and such.

Good point about our country's history! Thanks for sharing! :)