As of a 2019 poll, there are presently 328,200,000 Americans. Each of them have a single vote, whether they are a Flat Earther, or a neurosurgeon. How much influence does an American have? Is it even worth voting?Human brains are not programmed to comprehend large numbers - this is why they have developed tools and systems to help them understand. When I hear others speak of the lottery, I often hear things like, “Hey, SOMEONE’S got to win, right?”, or “You never know!” This kind of thinking is primitive.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350. Allow me to put that in perspective - a person’s odds of being struck by lightning is only 1 in 10,000,000. It is over 30 times more likely to be struck by lightning than win the lottery. How many people do you know that have been struck my lightning? This puts the numbers in perspective.
Some of the primary factors of an election would be people with influence. Sure, one could tell their willfully ignorant friends about Trump’s… everything… but you probably wouldn’t get through to them, let alone an unegligible number of voters. No matter how many bumperstickers a person puts on their car, no matter what they say on the internet, now matter how many friends they have, it’s simply not realitistic to think many people have a legitimate influence.
Wealthy people and organizations do in fact have an unegligible influence - they often donate large sums of money. In this article ( https://www.tmz.com/2020/09/13/bloomberg-biden-100-million-trump-florida/) ) it is reported that a very wealthy man donated 100,000,000 USD to Joe Biden’s campaign, declaring his intention to be to oppose Trump. That’s a lot of money to most people. People like this can sometimes make the cogs turn.
As a relatively unsocial creature, I have virtually no influence. I speak my voice about Trump online, but my intention is never to sway people or make a difference. I get bored, and I’ve found this site to be entertaining. Hundreds of millions of people will vote, with or without me.
One thing I hear people say is, “Well, if EVERYONE thought that way…” but they don’t. It would be nice if they did, but they don’t. Tragically, people will be people. Haters gonna hate, and thinkers gonna think. Is it truly realistic to believe that my vote will make a difference? That my influence is significant? I do not mean to seem cynical. I’m simply being realistic, and looking at the numbers. Regardless of my actions, the vast majority of the world will be utterly unchanged. It’s not cynical. It’s realistic. It’s objective.
Personally, I do not believe that my vote is significant. I do not believe I have a political influence. I’m being objective, not cynical. Whether I vote or not, the presidential verdict will be unaffected.