Fatuity versus the Importance of your Vote
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
I must have been seven or eight years old when I first heard a friend of my father’s say that “every country deserved the government it had”. It was right outside my elementary school in Cuba, in the mid nineteen sixties, when most of the Cuban population had realized they had made a huge mistake in following the emphatic (not truthful or even logical) words of the leader turned dictator, Fidel Castro.
It was not until years later that I started to understand the meaning of the words my father’s friend spoke that day.
With the passing of time and the persistent dedication to the analysis of cosmological events, I became absolutely fascinated with the many different levels of vulnerability within the behavior of humans. Vulnerable are they not only to mesmerizing words emphatically spoken by an acoustic orator, who constantly circumvents the truth, but also to the hollow and totally unrealistic promises made by that very same speaker.
There are various elements that contribute to the level of fatuity to which a given society can be susceptible and these are usually exploited by the clever manipulators of the masses. The most common of these elements is egotism -often combined with a particular state of complacency- usually exhibited by syndicalist or dependent mentalities with an obvious myopic vision of the future of the whole. Another human tendency which suits the manipulators is ideology; often noble in its embryo form but extremely prone to adulteration and decomposition. The case in point is best illustrated by the spoils of socialism. Last, but not least, factors like ignorance and apathy constitute a huge part of the highly distracted modern societies, with the multitude of gadgets and temptations at their disposal.
Hence, when a maverick candidate and creator of wealth -who lacks tact and political hypocrisy- clumsily proposes a change in course and speaks undeniable truths, it is easily conceivable that the FATUOUS masses may not understand, or may not want to understand.
It is absolutely true that just about half of the population of this once great nation, called the United States of America, totally ignores the gravity of the present national and global situation. It is also disheartening that those who can -within that proverbial half- have already cast their vote in favor of demagoguery and the absolutely detrimental status quo, while those whose legal status impedes them from voting have compromised the wisdom of future generations with some blindsided fatuity of their own in exchange for recurring dosages of empty promises.
This message is essentially for the other half, not yet blinded by the liberal mystique:
VOTE AND PROMOTE VOTE WITHIN YOUR CIRCLES. DO NOT STAY HOME JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK THAT IT IS A LOST CAUSE. IF YOU VOTE WITH COMMON SENSE, OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD CAN STILL BE SAVED. PERHAPS OUR NATION CAN EVEN BE GREAT AGAIN.