The thing about your beliefs is this...
Inside your own home, there is someone who does not agree with every thought you have and every opinion you hold.
Among the congregants of your church, distinctions exist about how to interpret the gospels and commandments and the endless litany of Levitican rules and regulations.
Within your religion are schisms large and small, originating from past expressions both theological and political. Across the globe, billions of other men and women worship entirely differently from you. They hold their beliefs as strongly and come from generations of ancestors born into those same beliefs.
Beyond religion, thinkers have sometimes chosen to reject the idea of a deity (or deities) and a spiritual impetus for ethical behavior. Many great thinkers have reasonably argued that even in the absence of a divine singularity (or plurality), humankind is bound to a general code of conduct in order to survive and coexist.
With so many roads leading in so many directions, humankind has somehow managed to avoid eradicating itself, even given ample opportunity.
If an appeal is made for your vote based on the singular value system of an individual, how can such representation be to the greatest benefit of the whole? If you vote for lawmakers to guide a plurality based on your beliefs as a single individual compared to their record (or rhetoric), you are acting responsibly. If you vote because a politician espouses to "share your beliefs," just remember: the thing about your beliefs is, they are only *your* beliefs. Not mine. Not his. Not hers. Not ours. Yours.
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