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33. Civic Responsibility and Participation

To create, manage and maintain any organization requires engagement and effort.  People have to get to know each other, learn to communicate with each other effectively and listen to each other well.  Information needs to be gathered and shared.  People need to work out together with information to figure out its implications for the organization, its members and efforts.  People need to share creative and adaptive ideas, dreams and visions.  Impacts of activities need to be examined and anticipated.  Generally, its stakeholders need to engage with it actively with intentions to make it work better.  Stakeholders must responsibly participate in group decision making processes, to make good decisions.

In the 2018 mid-term elections, 53% of voting-age U.S. citizens voted, the highest midterm turnout in four decades.  36% of 18-to-29-year-old voters and 49% of 30-to-44-year-old voters bothered to vote, versus 60% of 45-to-65 year old and 66% of 65+ year old voters. [1]  So, younger voters are exercising less influence in elections than older people, and about half of all voters are not participating as voters.

The fact that about half the people who could be voting in U.S. elections are not can be blamed for any failure of the U.S. government and its broken systems.  We are not caring to exercise the primary real power over social systems we have as citizens, so we suffer as victims of uncared-for, broken systems.  Young people are complaining the old people are screwing the world up, but they are not exercising their power to not let the old people screw up the world, and instead are withdrawing and complaining? 

There are many ways to be engaged constructively with civic society:  vote, share information, discuss social issues, talk with representatives and employees of government, participate in public meetings, write letters, protest, participate in grass-roots organizations and efforts, and publish relevant content. 

People who do not engage with civic society are a burden on civic society, contributing to its failures.  You are not a citizen if you do not exercise your responsibilities for civic engagement as a citizen, and you deserve and are getting what you deserve as second-class losers in failing civic systems, as a result.  Our government and our social systems are corrupt and failing, and you are complicit in that.[2]

 

It doesn’t have to be the main focus of your life, but get off your lazy ass and participate in civic society!

 

[1] “Behind the 2018 U.S. Midterm Election Turnout”, Jordan Misra, U.S. Census, April 23, 2019, https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/04/behind-2018-united-states-midterm-election-turnout.html

[2] See We Can Change Our Wicked Problems! Chapter on Government Corruption, https://www.wecanchange.us/government-corruption

 

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