Thursday, September 21, 2006
Honk for Opinionated People!
So I got this e-mail today from moveon.org. Which I'm an apathetic member of. I sign some electronic petitions from time to time, but that's about it. I haven't volunteered, or donated, or anything that would require more than 20.3 seconds of my time and effort.
I've felt a little guilty about this. Because—as my mom likes to remind me—I'm practically 30. Shouldn't I care about stuff by now? Have strong opinions on policy and national matters? Espouse them over free-trade cappuccinos at the locally-owned cafe that hires only legal workers and pays them a living wage?
Today's e-mail was an offer. An offer to get something for free! But here's the problem: it's a bumper sticker.
I really, really hate bumper stickers. Please don't use an exposed car part to tell me how I should feel/act about some extremely deep, personal issues. (Pro-lifers, I'm looking in your direction.) If an issue is that important, can it really be summed up in one cutesy phrase on a peel-off sticker? I almost put a woxy.com bumper sticker on once, because I figured people might actually appreciate finding out about good music, but I could never bring myself to do it. The sticker resides, unstuck, in my glove compartment.
So, although I feel guilty about being a slacker ... I don't feel guilty enough to stick a slogan on my bumper. Maybe next time they offer me something free, I'll actually take it.