When I was 18, politics seemed boring. I didn't go and vote. I didn't pay attention. I didn't really care at what age people got their pension—that seemed ages away. I was just starting out. I really had no interest in what politics was about, but I should have. The young are most affected. Most 18 to 24s don't care who gets elected and I'm not surprised. I once felt that way too. Why vote for a system that doesn't represent you?
在我十八歲時，政治看起來很無趣。我不去投票。我漫不經心。我並不真的在意人們幾歲拿到退休金－－那似乎是很久以後的事。我的人生才剛要開始。我真的對政治的內容沒有興趣，但我應該要有的。年輕人是最受影響的。多數 18 到 24 歲的青年不在意誰當選，我不訝異。我也曾那樣覺得。為什麼要投給一個不代表你的體制？
Middle-aged, middle-classed, old men in old buildings, too posh and too rich to care about the small things. From the same schools and same clubs to same suits and same tailors, to the same privileged upbringings with no experience of failures. When we see them answer questions, a chance they should be seizing, they forget about us and resort to playground teasing, like children, taking part in a food fight, wasting words that have power on a false appetite that lies, that only wants first prize, that cares less about its people and more what power buys.
But the government works for you, and this can all be resolved if you stand up for what you believe in and do your part to get involved. There's strength in your numbers. You're not the minority. You only feel this way as you've been made a low priority by politicians who are chasing the vote. They won't try and please you if they think there's no hope, so prove them all wrong. Prove you have a voice! Do the unexpected and accept you have a choice and vote, but first find out the truth. Look at their policies and how they affect the youth.
This world is yours to inherit. It's more your future than theirs. Don't let your life be dictated by the old and billionaires. It's the young that pay tuition. It's the young that fight the wars. It's the young who need jobs, or could end up living outdoors. It's the young who adopt the planet. It's the young who clean up the mess. It's the young that care for the old. So why do the young vote less?
You have a say that needs to be respected. People are dying for the right to have a leader that's elected. So register to vote, be a part of democracy. Doing nothing and complaining is outright hypocrisy. You don't have to be a whisper. Your voices are real. You can be the generation that gets a better deal. If you want to make a difference, you have to grow up. A country's fate is decided by those who show up.