Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voting Helps You Write

It's election day and you are reminded of how your opinions differ from others. Candidates and advocates of initiatives, propositions and referendums successfully persuade through sound bytes. However, oversimplification does not promote thinking. Ramifications are easily ignored, replaced by righteous rants that feed emotion rather than explore the often complex process of governing.

Voting is an exercise in critical thinking. Exploring opposing opinions that go beyond attitude, rhetoric and name-calling with additional research requires an open mind. You are required to understand conflicting intentions and ways of thinking.

The root of good writing is effective conflict. To immerse yourself in conflict requires the ability to think critically from different points of view. Train your brain to embrace the power of conflict by voting.