June 6th, 2014



I kind of figured today's LJ entry was going to be another "nothing really happened today, so here's some brief ramblings" kind of entry, but right before we came here to post today, a friend of ours said something on Facebook that made me think, and I kind of wanted to say something to him, but I was really too scared to say anything because it's hard enough to sort out my thoughts and communicate them as it is, and there's no telling what kind of arguments would come back. And it didn't help that it's really easy to see how my opinion would be discredited because I'm on the wrong side of the debate that his statement was referencing. But my thoughts on it really aren't about the debate--they're about his opinion about the debate, if you can see the difference. So I thought I'd try to sort it out here, where I feel maybe a little bit safer.

What he said was this: "Because you don't get to vote on human rights." I know what he said it about and I think I know why he said it, but I think it's a very confused thing to say. Voting is a human right, and usually systems that allow voting are put in place to prevent the government from taking away human rights. So I guess when the government bestows a right, it makes sense to think that the public is wrong for voting to take away that right. But I think the government, or rather the people put in power (you know: absolute power corrupts absolutely), are not generally known for giving rights so much as taking them away. The power goes to their heads and they turn into dictators and stuff. I'm pretty sure a lot of people are complaining that even the voted-in government here in the US is like that right now.

So, I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the main way to minimize that kind of damage is to let the humans vote about what their rights should be. Am I way off base here? I know that people have a tendency to think that everyone else in the world is out to get them, and so a vote would probably turn against them, but I'm also pretty sure that people are usually trying to do what's best, at least for them and their family, and that often turns out to be what's best for most people. And despite my growing misanthropy, I still believe that most people can be reasoned with (except on Facebook...which, come to think of it, may very well be a major source of my growing misanthropy).

I don't know. I just see red flags when I see the phrase "you don't get to vote."

Today I'm thankful for democracy, getting to buy fancy new toys for Page (I hope she likes them!), finishing our Gaiden 4 translation, the yummy chocolate covered pretzels we had for a snack today, and having a lovely time at the Relief Society activity last night.