:"However men may differ in social condition and education. each man can draw from the well spring of the divine Locked within in man's nature, from the True spirit locked up within human impulse and inclination" I-Ching In a democracy, no matter how broken, to vote or not to vote is fought with danger. Political, moral and spiritual.. Men as a whole are largely turning away from Crowns. Where ever possible men have shown that they prefer to rule themselves. Equally evident we don't do a very good job. In an attempt to bring to light the moral and the spiritual aspects of the vote and it's implications; I will be leaving out of account the political. " The town may be change, the political forms man have evolved to govern and regulate his world may be changed, the basic needs of man cannot be changed. any attempt to govern that does not go all the way down to very root needs of man is as bad as if no effort had been made.. democracy has as it's basic tenant that "if one of us is in chains...none of us is free. That is the imperative If democracy is to have any endurance in time. Gandhi pointed out that any culture can be judged by how it treats it's criminally, imprisoned population. This is so as they have no power of redress to the wrongs we do them. They are the weakest among us. We will never really abolish the "Crown" We redistributed it. Every voter wears that crown. This the responsibility we took upon ourself in leaving despots behind. "Uneasy lies the beard that wears the crown" Shakespeare. Each man now bears the FULL weight of moral responsibility. We are not powerless here unless abdicate our crown. .If we forget that with great power comes great responsibility we become our own abusers. This is morally wrong. for each of us that does so becomes a tyrant. There is a popular belief that "each man should vote his own best interest" People! This IS the road to perdition and damnation. When a king moves only in his best interest, without concern for the plight of others his becomes the road to hell on earth. Spiritually your vote is not your own. Your vote will be good or evil only in terms of who you wish to serve..yourself or your nation. Specifically does your vote liberate the poor or chain them to servitude every one claims to help the "middle class, because that's where real power comes from. This in fact a very grave sin against humanity and about as UN-religious a view as one could have..Such vote turns it's back on our brothers and sisters in great difficulties. A vote that increases the burden on the poor, leads with certainty to corruption and loss. when we seek our own good we abandon our own good. when we seek the good of the least of us we leave none of us in chains, but rather when we place our selves beneath the helpless, we ascend spiritually. as we break their chains we become free of our own selfishness, In this way and in no other way do we see our own the shackles fall to the floor. We have in my view forgotten that WE wear the crown. In the past kings gained support and made themselves indispensable in two ways. The organized the fields to feed the people and they trained the masses to defend themselves. ALL forms of government that fail this test...FALL. Voting like all aspects of human life must serve the spirit or darkness falls. If the Germans had sought the good of the least among them they could have NEVER elected Hitler. Men are easily deceived as to what their own best interest are.But if a man only seeks to help the poor he cannot be deceived as what to do NOW. The cross as a symbol is VERY VERY old. The vertical line represents the Eternal, the horizontal represents the temporal passing thought the eternal. Their intersection is the forever and always present eternal NOW! The only time in which we can act is now. But every action in the temporal world must take root in the Eternal if it is to endure and gain spiritual significance. How a voter may take on spiritual meaning and bring that meaning into the world. "Sacrifice ALONE has the power to help the world." I would advice any who wish to have their vote gain a significance that will live beyond themselves to take upon themselves the power that alone can help the world. Help the poor. and every thing I have said here will become clear. "AS one doth the good, one comes into the light" St John. I feel it is worth noticing the time frame here. It is AS one, not before and not after. AS one doth the good one cometh into the light. This has far reaching implications! To stay in the light one must always be doing the good. Any who would help mankind... find the poor at once! and as always they are in need of help. Fail to vote to help the poor and YOU lose all significance for mankind and to the heavens. a hard truth. But it is there to liberate It is there to show mankind how to free itself from spiritual bondage. I am only speaking the truth that Jesus proclaimed to be "Written upon your heart" Men of any or no faith ignore his injunction at their peril. Your vote does not belong to you! It belongs to your brothers and sisters in need. Deny them at your peril! My brothers and sisters You have been entrusted with a crown, but that crown is not yours by rights if you do not vote for what has been written upon your hearts. I have written this to clarify my own position to myself. I leave it here in case others might find some benefit in this as well.