I refuse to be brainwashed by politicians running for the Presidency.
I refuse to submit to their sound-bites, which have been repeatedly tested through consumer focus groups, to elicit alarm and anger.
I refuse to believe their messages that “unless I vote for him/her, the world is going to hell.”
I refuse to listen to people funded by billionaires and their Super PACs, whose incentives are not aligned with mine.
I refuse to listen to messages of xenophobia and hate, ones that blame “others” and do not adequately point the finger at ourselves.
I instead choose to believe that many immigrants who arrive here do so out of desperation and love for their families.
I choose to listen to third party data that shows that immigrants’ crime rates are lower than the rest of the population.
I choose to look for a candidate who is a fiduciary and wants to serve the nation vs. fulfill a deep psychological need to be loved by others because he/she grew up in a dysfunctional home.
I choose to believe that justice must be done, but that locking up criminals as though they were animals, with no education or help, will never rehabilitate them.
I choose to believe that many of our society’s ills are the results of inadequate, absent, or horrible parenting, and that the consequences can span many generations. I hereby resolve to be a better father and to mentor young people.
I choose to believe that integrity will win in the end, that shortcuts and lies will eventually be found out or found lacking.
I choose to love other people and expect nothing in return. It is only by giving more that I can help create a just society.
I choose to believe that I no longer have to listen to politicians, but, instead, to pick my own values.
I choose to see the glass as half-full, that honor, though it may not be recognized at one given moment, will win.
In short, I choose to choose.