ηλίθιος (i̱líthios) is the Greek word from which the modern English word ‘idiot’ is derived. The original meaning of the word referred to someone who did not exercise his or her civic duties.
In the wake of the financial meltdown, we have seen a dramatic spike in activism and public protest. Unfortunately, disillusionment in the two-party system has also led to an increased sense of complacency regarding the pertinence of voting.
Despite my own long-term and deeply entrenched disenchantment with the American political system, I still feel that is not only a civic responsibility to vote but just plain foolish not to exercise this right.
Just as Aesop’s great fable ‘The Bat, the Birds and Beasts’ will tell:
SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA PICK A TEAM AND PLAY ON IT.
I built a voter registration booth that was operated by toga clad volunteers and stationed in Union Square and various locations around the city for the four weeks leading up to the 2012 election.