Discussion Topic – May 29th, 2015

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    Brenna at CI
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    “When did you decide that you wanted to become an engaged citizen and begin to care about politics and government in the U.S.? Was there a defining event, issue, role model, or politician that inspired you?”

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    #280

    HollyAnne
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    The defining moment for me was the second time I read “The Irresistible Revolution” By Shane Clairborne. It is about a revolution that is spreading through the world much like the early christian movement. “that reign did not spread through organizational establishments or structural systems. It spread like disease — through touch, through breath, through life. It spread through people infected by love.” I am moved by this.
    I look around me and wonder about the American dream. The world can’t afford this. I mean people are starving and children dying of preventable disease, yet we live in a walled city and aren’t doing anything to help. How can we worry about trifling issues when peoples lives are on the line? When did we become so dis-sensitized?
    I am not saying that I am not guilty of it as well. I have so much stuff, when there are millions of refugees with nothing. “There is enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed” — Ghandi.
    I think that something has to change. That we can’t keep living like this anymore. I believe that the movement has to be powered by people, it can’t just be insitutions: “Rich and poor are kept in seperate worlds, and inequality is carefully managed but not dismantled. When the church becomes a place of brokerage rather than an organic community, she ceases to be alive. She cease to be something we are, the living bride of Christ. The church becomes a distribution center, a place where the poor come to get stuff and the rich come to dump stuff. Both go away satisfied (the rich feel good, the poor get clothed and fed), but no one leaves transformed. No radical new community is formed.” –The Irresistible Revolution.
    The movement has to be on a personal level, but the government we have set up is for the people, by the people. So I think things need to start changing. I want to be able to understand government and be involved so that I can help people listen to the cries of the world. It is not that the people crying out don’t have voices, its that our culture of consumerism has become so loud that we can’t hear their cries.

    #281

    Brenna at CI
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    Thanks, HollyAnne! That sounds like a great book!

    #282

    jessie
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    I decided to become an engaged citizen after realizing the importance of an individual in the U.S. Government; an informed vote carries the same weight as an un-informed vote. This led me to the desire to make my votes in the future informed for the purpose of helping my future and the future of the next generations. Thousands of people died to earn us the right to cast a vote, and millions of Americans today choose not to vote. Also, many folks complain about the direction our country is going or not going but they refuse to do anything (even cast a vote). The Government does not serve its original design if the people in its country are not motivated to participant. The less people engage in politics the more powerful, people in power will become; this leads back to a political scene before the American Revolution; where few people controlled thousands. Technology should help people stay connected with politics but instead as people communicate more via technology there political awareness decreases unless something negative directly occurs to them. I realized the impact of these issues in a basic Government class at my school and it inspired me to research farther into politics and the U.S. Government because it does matter, despite what some modern Americans believe.

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