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Senior Moments: The importance of voting

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, October 15, 2020

As a child, if I should happen to sneeze, my mother would always say "Bless you child!" and somehow, I always said "Thank you."

Who or what started those responses? We’ve blamed our parents almost since the beginning of time for just about everything. I always said "bless you" to my kids when they sneezed and I hear them doing the same to their kids and grandkids.

You may have thought, as I did, of Adam blaming Eve in the Garden of Eden. Blame did not have to be taught to us. It comes naturally. A word we seldom use is blameworthiness. Sometimes, our reaction or response to being blamed has an immediate cause and effect.

Politicians especially like to speak of their sad beginnings, as if that were a banner of acceptance for living beyond such circumstances. Thinking of politicians, I’m reminded of my responsibility to vote. My parents and grandparents set the example by voting. And my kids can blame us for that “burden of responsibility” if they wish to do so.

You are responsible for your own actions. What's standing between you and success right now is you. And the future of our country is ultimately in our hands. Recently, a preacher told his congregation to "Get out of their ‘blessed assurance,’ get off their duff and get out and vote!” I liked that. We can make a difference.

Census-taker analyzers like to put our population into specific categories. Some sources use different names for the many generations, but I like to use these easily explainable names.

2010 to 2024: Generation Alpha (the first generation born entirely in the 21st century.) Serious voters.

1997 to 2009: Generation Z -- sometimes called the “new silent generation.”

1981 to 1996: Millennials -- progressive and serious, they carefully weigh options.

1965 to 1980: Generation X -- the first TV generation, they focus on music videos, rock music, and a good work-home balance.

1946 to 1964: Baby Boomers -- characterized as workaholics, they tend to be team players.

1928 to 1945: The Silent Generation – traditionalists known for a good work ethic and a focus on family-work balance.

1900 to 1927: G.I. Generation or the Lost Generation – their lives are defined by the rise of radio and telephones, the stock market crash, and World War II.

Australian researcher Mark McCrindle, who takes credit for naming the current generation, points out that “Generation Alpha marks a fresh start for the economy, political climate, environment, and more.” He goes on to call it “a period of rebirth and recovery.”

To attain a fresh start, I suggest we heed the advice of the preacher I mentioned above. That includes carefully reading your voter pamphlets and weighing your vote on the life issues you hold dear.

We can do it, but not alone. Yes, your vote matters.

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