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Mark McKinnon: Wet/Dry decisions based in Logic or Emotion

Writer says voting Dry invites comfort; voting Wet invites excitement. But, he says, whichever way you vote, do go to the polls.
'Regardless of which side you fall, this March 22, please vote. Whether you vote wet or dry, voting will help you feel like you have a say in the process. It will help you feel like you have some control. It also gives you the satisfaction that you have fulfilled one of your civic responsibilities. Voting is a great feeling.' - MARK McKINNON

By Mark McKinnon

Decisions Based in Logic or Emotion

I have often heard that if people have the facts, they will make a sound rational (logical) decision. However, psychologists will quickly tell you that this is simply not true. People are complex. We often try to exercise logic but we much more easily, and much more commonly, base our decisions on emotion. We are emotional beings. We should not try to deny our emotional sides. We need to recognize and embrace our emotional sides especially when faced with a decision in the face of uncertainty.

Such is the case with the Wet/Dry vote.


I have seen a lot of arguments that appeal to logic (some with facts, some with falsehoods, and some with wishes or hopes). However, we cannot escape the emotional element, especially with this very emotional subject. These are very real feelings that cannot be ignored.

How do we feel when we vote "wet" or when we vote "dry?"

Voting "dry" invites comfort:
Voting "dry" can give us a sense of righteousness. There is also the comfort of staying with the known. Several aspects of our lives are changing so fast (due to both technology and social/cultural upheavals), it is hard for us to emotionally keep up, and that can be uncomfortable. Voting "dry" allows us to have the feeling like we can possibly slow the rate of change. These are all feelings of comfort.

Voting "wet" invites excitement:
On the opposite side, voting "wet" gives us the feeling that we are involved in choosing to make changes. There is a nervous excitement when we challenge the status quo and agree to try something different. It may also feel like it is a vote of independence because you may feel that you can decide for yourself whether to have and/or share a drink. These are all feelings of excitement.

Regardless of which side you fall, this March 22, please vote. Whether you vote "wet" or "dry," voting will help you feel like you have a say in the process. It will help you feel like you have some control. It also gives you the satisfaction that you have fulfilled one of your civic responsibilities. Voting is a great feeling. --Mark McKinnon


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