As Election Day approaches I feel a lot of contention in the air. I am not writing to take sides today, I actually believe in the idea of democracy and you should come to your own decision about what to do with your vote. I am writing because I have noticed the damage that gets caused by mudslinging elections like this one.
I've been around for a few elections at this point, and maybe it's the fog of my memory, but I cannot remember a time when things have gotten this underhanded in terms of advertising, debating, and use of social media... It's a little crazy.
Through the noise of the election I've actually learned something about people, however. We have this big ugly popularity contest going on and it's driving people to be at each others throat because they feel so strongly that if they cannot make a difference in who wins, it's going to have catastrophic consequences. However, when you get past the veil of disagreement and emotion that comes to the surface with all of the political talk, we are all still just people that have to keep on keepin' on.
I had the pleasure of attending Riot Fest in Denver, Colorado earlier this year and I noticed something pretty astonishing. In the midst of this messed up election and with all of the other issues plaguing the globe at this point, you have people meeting up to enjoy some good music. Riot Fest, in particular, was a great experience because it does not confine itself to a certain genre, but includes a little bit of everything.
This brings people together from all walks of life. Young, old, punk, country, metal, pop, electronic, hip-hop, you name it, there's usually at least a couple of major representatives of each genre playing across the three-day event. It's such a diverse gathering of people all there to celebrate something that they love.
It's a serious time and we have some huge decisions to make as a nation, but it was good to see that people can still come together for good tunes and good times. I just wanted to share that with all of you, thanks for reading this blog to the end!
So do your soul some good, get out there and enjoy whatever it is you love. We'll all need some time to heal up after an election like this one...