I woke up thinking about Karma and voting. Voting helps your Karma. At the most basic level there is heredity, environment, and Karma.
Too many western people think that eastern belief systems promote a lackadaisical attitude and behavior because the path is set due to past action. It is true that moral causation lies at the heart of Buddhist understanding but the path we walk is one we ourselves create.
I began thinking about Thich Naht Hahn, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, long exiled to France, who Dr. King nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. If you are at all curious about Buddhism, or want to explore a variant distinct from the Tibetan Buddhism of the Dali Lama that is the best known branch of the Eastern Religion in Occidental mainstream culture, the Plum Village site may prove to be an enlightening place to browse.
Nothing is written in stone but there are consequences to actions. These consequences can play out over eons. Think of it as a cosmic butterfly effect where a small change at the beginning of a process has huge influence on outcome.
This is how I think about voting. Each vote is a minor action but it can have huge impact on the lives of the voters and lives well beyond the voters. How is it possible to have the ability to register your input on a process and then say, “Nah, I am not going to participate in a process that will have impact throughout my life and those of my descendants?”
It is such an easy way to walk a path of good action. Of course it is even better if your vote is well researched and your votes on individual people and courses of action reflect votes for what will help, enable, and better the lives of others.
Please go vote if you have not already done so!