Today is Election Day here in the United States! Here's a round up of a few things I've read and a few things I've written about voting.
- "You're Disillusioned. That's Fine. Vote, Anyway." Some really great advice from Roxane Gay.
- "What if the Polls Are Wrong Again? 4 Scenarios for What Might Happen in the Elections." Some interesting analysis from NPR. Not a bad way to practice Stoic preparedness for some of the possible outcomes.
- "A Guide to Voting for UTC Students." A guide for students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that might also be inspiring or useful for students elsewhere.
- "Voting is Like Going to the Dentist." My recent attempt at a metaphor for voting: "Voting is like going to the dentist. You don’t have to like it. You don’t have to look forward to it. But every so often you should probably do it."
- "Uses of Philosophy, Part 3: Intellectual Empathy -- Understanding Without Agreeing." My defense of one of the benefits of philosophy and how it might apply to our current political culture.
- "Dreaming, Principles, and Cooperation: Science Fiction, Philosophy, and Politics (Part One)." It's a bit melancholy going back to stuff I wrote before the 2016 election (see the above Weird Al meme for context), but this one gets at a bit of how I approach politics overall.
- "American Voters and the Fate of Us All: Eight Reasons to Vote with Objections and Replies." Another melancholy throwback to 2016, but I still stand behind the reasons and responses to common objections that I gave here (especially the bit about cool stickers).
And now my fellow Americans, I ask you to stop reading this, and please, for the love of whatever you hold dear: vote!
Bonus tweet from Weird Al!
EDIT (10 Nov. 18): I'll have a post on my thoughts on the results of the election later, but I just realized this is the 300th post on this blog! Congrats to me!