Did you ever study Greek mythology when you were in school? If so, you may remember Sisyphus.

Sisyphus by Titian (Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain)

Sisyphus carries out his eternal punishment by repeatedly rolling a boulder uphill.

According to Greek and Roman myths, Sisyphus was an extremely devious king who was ultimately punished for his perfidy by being sentenced to eternally roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down again.

Although you may not be avaricious and deceitful like Sisyphus was, you are still being punished in a similar fashion for your ignorance of how the world really works. What do I mean, you may ask?

If you are a citizen of any of many western democracies, perhaps most notably if you are American, you have been conditioned t0 think that “voting” is one of the most important, if not the most important, thing that you can do.

I am reminded of an old comedy album by now mostly forgotten comic, Vaughn Meader. His best-selling album was called “The First Family,” and as a teen I would play the album repeatedly for friends. This was during the hey-day of the Kennedy dynasty, and the most memorable line from the album was this:

Public Service Announcement:
Go to the polls and vote.
(pregnant pause)
Vote for the Kennedy of your choice, BUT VOTE!

Humorous, but only the names have been changed in the present day. I’ll make this radical generalization: If you think that by voting you are bringing about any substantive change in “the system,” you are woefully mistaken. You are Sisyphus! The boulder you’re pushing uphill, your hopes for change, is simply being rolled back to the bottom every time by the perfidious members of the “Republicrat” or “Democan” parties.

It took me a lot of years to figure this out, Dear Friend… and so I hope you’ll benefit from what I’ve learned and stop wasting your time on (at least) “mainstream politics.” These outlets (voting, political action, etc.) exist primarily to keep you pacified and mollified, to keep you deluded into thinking that you are making some kind of difference. Come on now, you know it’s true – you’ve suspected it for a long time now. Isn’t it time to admit it, and move on to doing something constructive?

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