Once upon a time in Fruitland...
In the Nation of Fruitland the highest position in their land was the Big Pineapple, the title given to their national leader.
The Big Pineapple, knowing it held the solidity of compatriots, citizenry and other fruits of the nation, was one of the great leaders. The current Big Pineapple was colourful, healthy to the core, and sweet but could also be prickly. This Big Pineapple did a good job. However in Fruitland, to be fair to everyone, national leaders have to stand down after four years.
This meant, the position of being the Big Pineapple was available to whomever the citizenry, Fruities, chose as their leader. The abilities for being the Big Pineapple were an even temperament, ability to get on with others, able to manage the national economy in which all fruits equally worked and were paid, health care, safety, security and naturally, democracy.
The position was not one for liars, Demi-Fruits nor business fruits who had their own interests at heart instead of Fruitland, their great nation.
The time had come for Fruities to decide who they wanted to be the Big Pineapple.
The finalists in the running for the Nation’s Chief Executive, being the Big Pineapple, were Banana and Melons. Although Melons is plural, it is one entity.
So, there were two contestants.
Banana believed it was the best ever Fruitie to become the National Leader, the Chief Executive and take the Big Pineapple position, however, ego was in the way. Banana, like many other bananas, thought it was the biggest, longest, thickest and able to give the most to the Fruities.
Melons, also believed it was the best ever Fruitie to become the National Leader, the Chief Executive and wear the mantle of the Big Pineapple because of past experience working in the Big Fruit Bowl, had met, managed and successfully negotiated with representatives of many other nations.
Now, the Fruity citizens had to choose a leader, was it to be Banana or Melons?
The biggest and most well known faults of Banana was the propensity to blame others, was a braggart, not able to focus or stay 'on message' or be truthful. Banana, being thick could not develop any valid or sensible plans or strategies for Fruitland citizens work, health care, security and, democracy. In fact, Banana in wanting to make their nation greater than before, was a conflict because some, perhaps most Fruities thought their nation has always been great, even now.
On the other hand, Melons biggest faults were the difficulty in being able to communicate in a personal way, gave a misleading image as although Melons appear thin skinned and sometimes mushy inside, the Melon image appeared misleading. Following, Fruities lost the Melon flavour.
Melons had another negative issue based on honesty or openness or lack thereof.
Melons had been accused of causing many deaths in another far away nation.
The battle between Banana and Melons was troublesome.
Finding the taste unsavourable, some Fruities were not in favour or Banana or Melons as both had lost the flavour of what the Fruities wanted in their Big Pineapple.
Consequently, although some Fruities were fans of Banana and some of Melons, they would not vote for either.
However, and also, there are a number of Fruities who will not be voting at all.
Here's the thing.
If a number of Fruities fail to vote at all, they are literally giving their vote and democratic rights away and afterwards, well may regret not having had a say in who wins the Big Pineapple position.
Additionally, by not voting, it will be four years before the opportunity comes to have a say in who runs their nation. Non-voters are cheating themselves.
However, if they vote for Banana or Melons and Banana or Melons gains the Big Pineapple position and does a good job, this Fruitie voter will feel pleased with being able to contribute. Obviously if Banana or Melons does a lousy job, the elected Big Pineapple will not last long.
The power is in the democratic hands of the voting Fruities.
Once, I was in a Fruitie position in that I strongly disliked both competitors running for Office. I did not vote and I regretted if for a number of years. I felt I cheated myself, others had a say and I had nothing to contribute to, be pleased for or whinge about, because I had no rights as I had thrown my democratic rights away. Ever since then, I have always ensured I voted.
The Big Pineapple role is comprised of many people and positions, if Banana or Melons attains their goal and they are performing badly, there are many supporting Fruities that can deter or stop the stupidity of the Big Pineapple.
Feeling that both Banana and Melons were not good enough to be the Big Pineapple, some of the smarter Fruities decided to extract or not include their feelings for the two competitors and instead, made their decision of who they shall vote for by looking at the issues at stake in Fruitland.
The Fruities who voted this way felt they were making an informed decision and were pleased they did not cheat themselves out of their democratic rights to vote.
Enjoy your Democracy,