I had an encounter in a debate, and I'd be curious to get other people's input.
Perhaps you've heard of the Alaskan reporter quitting on live TV in regards to the situation with marijuana legalization. I put in my two cents to the debate: I thought it was childish, unprofessional, and didn't paint the cause of legalizing marijuana in a positive light. One person claimed how brilliant it was because it drew attention across the country to the legalization movement in Alaska. I pointedly remarked that it didn't affect me because I don't live in that state, nor would it because I don't participate in the legalization of marijuana because I don't use it.
Immediately, I was descended upon as being wrong: that I needed to partake in the cause. I had to be either for it, or else I was against it.
Now, I disagree with this. If in the USA we are given the freedom to choose, then we are also given the freedom to not choose. As I said, I've never used marijuana, and I doubt I ever will. I've known too many friends who got busted, fined, or suspended because it's illegal where I live to even have a remote interest in it, and the idea of getting high never appealed to me. I barely even touch alcohol. If it was legalized tomorrow, I'd never touch it, and if it were still illegal tomorrow, I still wouldn't touch it. Will I complain if it gets legalized? No. Will I complain if it doesn't get legalized? No. I'm not going to get involved in a cause I know nothing about simply because someone tells me to. I wouldn't fight in a war like that.
I've encountered this before with other people. They seem to mistake freedom as obligation. Back where I used to live, there was an election. I can't even remember what the office was, but it was smaller than governor. Something local in the city. I had zero idea there was an election, and knew even less about the candidates, their policies, and what they were running for. So a conversation with a family member went:
"The elections coming up. You need to vote."
"Oh, I'm not going to vote. I have no idea who's even running."
"...But...you need to vote. It's the right thing to do."
"No, sorry, I'm not going to just go randomly vote for someone I know nothing about or why I'm doing it."
Again, my right to vote is not your right to tell me that I need to vote. If my inaction leads to a worsening of my life, I will be the one to complain about myself, not about who I did or did not vote for.
So I'm curious what other people's thoughts are.