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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Vote for What You Believe in

'In history and in life one sometimes seems to glimpse a ferocious law which states: 'to he that has, will be given; from he that has not, will be taken away'.' 

I read those words this morning as I re-read Primo Levi's If this is a Man. it seems apt on this British Election Day. It's a law I won't be voting for. It doesn't have to be that way. It hasn't always been that way. 

Don't vote for fear or envy, or avarice or wrath.

Vote for peace.

Vote for tolerance.

Vote for justice. 

Vote for equality. 

Vote for transparency.

Vote for what you believe in. 

Look at the lives of your parents, your grandparents and beyond. What made those lives better. Did fear make it better, did envy make it better, did avarice make it better? Or was it education, or housing, or welfare or health? Was there ever a time when they were sick or out of work or down-on-their-luck. Did they recover? What picked them up? And if the same thing happens to you, how will you recover, who will pick you up? Or don't you deserve to be picked up.

Look at the people around you, at those living in poverty, in misery, without hope. Look at their jobs, their homes, their education, their children and ask if you want to make those things better. And if you do, don't vote for those who will make their lives worse. 

Vote for understanding and hope.

Look to the future and the world you want to live in. What does it look like? Is it the same as the world we're living in now but with more inequality, more poverty, more roads, more pollution. Vote for what you want the world to be. 

Vote for what you believe in! Tomorrow does not belong to those who believe in Primo Levi's Ferocious Law. 

We're better than that!

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