A while back I was having a political discussion with a friend who told me that he stopped voting. His reason was something that I have heard many times before:
“They think we are sheep. I refuse to be a sheep voting for a shepherd. That is not freedom”.
This is a good way to get yourself all worked up about how crappy politicians are, and maybe attend a protest against “the system”, but the logic falls away when you really think about it in a few steps.
First I asked my friend if he thought complete anarchy was good or sustainable. He agreed that we do need laws and government and so on.
I asked my friend if he ever planned to run for office. Of course the answer is no. No one he knows wants to either, and neither do I.
So since we have a need for laws and rules and general welfare, as well as people to oversee those laws and rules and general welfare there will be Shepherds. Since we do not ourselves wish to be the Sheherd we are the sheep.
So what could be more important to Sheep than who gets to he Shepherd? What an amazing thing that we get the opportunity to have a say. Even when both candidates are rich arseholes from privileged families only interested in maintaining their privilege – there can still be remarkable difference.
When the Shepherd decides that the best way to keep themselves set up as Sherherd with minimal hassle is to keep the sheep happy and fed and comfy it is very different than when the Shepherd decides that he doesn’t care what happens to the sheep because “fuck them, if they were worth anything they would be Shepherds”.
When aristocracy decides that the best way to keep themselves in power is to have a comfortable and free populace with moderate chance to move up in the world, and freedom to pursue their own interests and passions that is VERY different than when aristocracy decides that nobody matters but them and if they populace wants not to be poor they should just work 5 jobs for increasingly less pay.
In short, even if you work against the system, even if you hate the 1%, even if you want to go full Robespierre on the Koch Brothers and all their ilk – right now that’s not gonna happen. Right now you are a sheep voting for Shepherd, which is something that a lot of world does not get to do.
Here in the States, tomorrow is Election Day, so obviously I am writing this as sort of a voting matters kind of thing. But beyond that – when it comes to planning your magic and life it can be useful to realize those situations that you do not want to be the shepherd and perhaps work your sorcery to influence who does. After all, if you were the CEO of your company you might not have much time for conjuration or contemplation, but the person who is still effects you deeply.