2008 Citizen Mudede
posted by November 4 at 10:56 AMon
30 minutes ago, I found myself in the situation of voting for the first time in my life. As a lover of philosophy, and Greek philosophy in particular (Socrates is my holy ghost; Plato my king; Aristotle my prince), it was meaningful to finally perform (rather than consider or read about) a democratic act. I was too young to participate in the only democratic election in Zimbabwe’s history (1980), and by the time I was old enough to vote (1988), there was no reason to—one of my own relatives, Zimbabwe’s Register General, kept one man and one party in power.
I got my American citizenship three years ago, and today I really did this thing. I voted for people and propositions. I committed the act in the International District, and during my walk to work, I didn’t listen to a reading of Plato’s Republic (I wanted to revisit his anti-democratic allegory of the ship) but instead listened to the traffic on Interstate 5. Seattle has become my Athens.