day 4

a little more upbeat than yesterday. my mother has come to terms with everything and is very fatalistic about it, which is good. my mother is a saint.

what i’m thankful for on day 4 of the 30 days of thanks: the political process!


today is the day after election day. regardless of political beliefs, i’m so grateful for the opportunity to live in a place where the citizenry plays such an important role in the government.

you may disagree with the results, but absent voter fraud, you cannot dispute them. you can work harder to achieve your goals if you’re unhappy.

so many places don’t get that, and it’s obviously a marvelous thing. it’s so ingrained in our society, it’s unfathomable to think about what life would be like without it.

ask the people of iraq who are new to it. ask the people whose purple fingers indicating they voted put them in danger of violent retaliation. ask our “treasonous” founding fathers who risked everything to create a government of the people. it’s an amazing thing.

i voted by absentee ballot. this is the 6th year i’ve been eligible* and have voted every single year. even when i was 10,000 miles away [while abroad in undergrad], i had my ballot sent [by fedex and i had to expedited back] so i could vote. pretty amazing process.

i know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested american election. – walt whitman.

*holy crap was it really 6 years ago?

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