Topic: Making Decisions
In my opinion, the woman I met, who refuses to vote, needs to spend at least a year in a country where she has none of our blessed freedoms. She needs to be in a place where the government hands down decisions with a heavy hand, behaving as if it is God instead of the tyrant that such governments really are.
I've lived in a country where freedom of speech and freedom of press and freedom of choice were not a privilege. Neither was the freedom of religion. Of course, the lady also has the freedom not to vote. Thereby, relinquishing her right to have a part in one of the most important elections in the history of our nation. She has the right to be apathetic.
The first commandment is one I'd like to see as a universal one, even though it comes from a religious text that happens to be Judeo-Christian. No government, no institution, and no religion--in fact, no religious text--should be God. When we allow it to be, we make the "god" a tyrant. And that's power abuse.