As this is written, Scottish voters are deciding whether their country will break free from the United Kingdom to become a fully independent nation. It’s a big deal. There’s been lots of debate leading up to it, and observers have been predicting a close vote.
A lot is riding on it. A vote for independence could change the lives of millions of people. By all accounts, the Scots are taking it very seriously. Voters age 16 and older are eligible to vote. A group of teenagers, interviewed Wednesday, sounded every bit as thoughtful and sober about the implications of the vote as their older counterparts.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, people are lining up in front of Apple stores to buy the latest shiny gadget tomorrow. We get our news in soundbites, and debate issues by demonizing the other side, but we can all unite in the cause of a new cell phone.
Scotland wrestles with independence. The United States wrestles with deciding between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Priorities.