The most frightening aspect of that conversation was the stark reality that there are a lot of folks out there who are just as ignorant as my neighbor. People who don't believe they can be party to effecting positive changes.
When Barry said "one person cannot make a difference", I pointed out that one man changed all of civilization forever - and we will celebrate his birth next month. I also mentioned people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Winston Churchill...yes, one person CAN make a difference.
He said, "Sure - but they had the power to make changes."
And I asked, "Where do you think they got that power? From the little people, like you and me, who GAVE them that power."
A great person can make great changes. But even the little guys can make changes, as long as they pull together. Maybe I can never hope to change the world, but if millions of people like me get together, we can certainly move mountains.
One man could not put us on the moon. But thousands working together did accomplish that great feat.
And that is the point - change for the better requires ALL of us to participate. If you opt out, as Barry has, then that weakens our chances of making this a better world.
Don't opt out - regardless of your beliefs or party affiliation, please - GET OUT AND VOTE! As Jefferson once so aptly stated, "Everyone gets the government they deserve." If you do not participate, you WILL get what you deserve.