As many would know, us Australians have appointed a new Prime Minister as of yesterday.
I wouldn't say I'm extremely involved in politics, so I'm not going to delve into my political views- though I will only say that I am unhappy with the election results- rather, I'm most concerned with the approach and attitude I have witnessed shared amongst people around me in regards to the election.
During the course of the week, I observed many posts on social media with similar attitudes such as:
"lol i don't know anything about politics i don't care"
"I'll just donkey vote"
"well, I hear we're screwed either way??"
"I just voted for parties with funny names"
This is really disappointing.
I don't expect everyone to be politically savvy (I sure as hell am not), nor to have interest in politics, but please, don't brag about ignorance.
Don't promote apathy.
Voting is mandatory here in Australia so every vote counts. You may not care for any of the issues nor developments of this country, but please practice some consideration for those who DO care. The right to vote is a power, a privilege we are given in this country. It's extremely disheartening to know many people who are so willing to just throw that away.
It seems many people wish to deny responsibility when it comes to elections, and that's why they choose to cast in blank votes or play russian roulette on the ballot papers. The undeniable truth is that your paper- regardless if it's blank or not- affects the results of the poll, contributes to the tally numbers and is responsible for how our country- the land you and your loved ones LIVE in- will be run. We are given the privilege of voting as responsible, independent individuals, not apathetic, lazy, sheep.
When people use the excuse of "well whoever we vote for will screw us over anyway", it's usually a lame cop out of independent thinking. We have the fortune of access to internet- there are websites that summarize party policies and profiles for those who don't want to spend hours sifting through a billion political articles. In this age, with all the information we have at hand and readily available to us, there really is no excuse for our ignorance and apathy for things that affect our entire country.
As I have already mentioned above, I don't expect people to suddenly take an interest in politics. I would just like to encourage awareness and motivation to give a damn about your own country.
Learn to think for yourself, don't try and be those 'cool' and 'edgy' internet kids who boast about not caring #yolo #swag --whatever the hell they say to contribute nothing to society.
Now I'll just leave a link to a list of quotes from our new Prime Minister: nine38.tumblr.com/post/6053195…
note: I'm going to avoid any political arguments that may occur in the comments. This journal was written mainly in regards to apathy culture, not to pick a fight with anyone who may have opposing political views.