319. What, if anything, does following a spiritual path have to do with politics? If one lives in a country where voting in elections is compulsory for all citizens aged 18 years and over, the question is inescapable. For even when there is a strict separation between church and state, the view that religion is a private matter is surely unsustainable. Take the case of the Zen practitioner who vows each day to abandon greed, hatred and ignorance. This vow must have an impact on the way he or she approaches the ballot box.