Ancient Roman Wisdom for How to Cast Your Vote



Roman Emperor Marco Aurelio wrote: “Make for thyself a definition or description of the thing which is presented to thee, so as to see distinctly what kind of a thing it is in its substance, in its nudity, in its complete entirety…for nothing is so productive of elevation of mind as to be able to examine methodically and truly every object…”

If you are like me, you have probably been riveted by the drama and sensationalism of the 2016 presidential-hopeful campaigns. All of the arguing and mud-slinging, however, have taken us far away from the dignity and ethical leadership that should define the office of President of the United States of America. With the exception of one or two of the remaining candidates who refuse to get distracted from what they are really there for, it seems like we are watching to see who the strongest bully in the playground is going to be. But should the Oval Office really be the set for a Jerry Springer Show episode?

We should all, of course, vote for the candidate we truly believe will make the best President. To do that, our compass should not be exclusively from media images (although behavioral observation can be very telling), but should above all come from the most objective analysis of each candidate that we can muster. We need to reflect, verbalize what we are learning about each one’s policies, and see each one of the presidential hopefuls for what their personal histories –not just their promises—-have truly represented.

Voting is a true privilege and one not to be taken lightly. Being informed requires taking the time to examine each potential candidate’s policies on the things that matter to us dearly. Where does he or she stand on the US Constitution? The Second Amendment? National Debt? National Security? Social Security? Etc. This is how we bypass the hype, “elevate our minds”, and make our vote truly count.


Copyright 2016 .Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner, Ph.D. is host and producer of The Italian Art of Living Well (, 7AM EST Mondays) and author of Living la Dolce Vita and Lemons into Limoncello


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