An Election and a Divided Nation

An Election and a Divided Nation

Our president doesn't believe in climate change.

Given the unprecedented results (never trust an online poll), I think it's important to remember that change comes from within.  This is not the end of the world.  While I've vehemently disagreed with Trump's approach, rhetoric, and overall presence in this race, I'm trying to keep an open mind.  Hillary wasn't a great option, but I'd rather go for the person who's been in this game for most of her life than an eccentric, off-the-cuff billionaire with no political experience.  He's clearly a loose cannon and the future now holds more uncertainty.  And given the convoluted wretchedness of the media, it's impossible for a layperson to have all the facts and make a truly informed decision.  This election was a popularity contest of the greatest scale and it's sad that this is how we go about choosing the leader of our nation.  For me, the election results feel like a step back in the evolution of humanity.  But that's just my opinion and I'm willing to be surprised.

Regardless, the people have spoken and many are celebrating Trump's win.  He struck a chord that powerfully resonated through the American landscape.  Meanwhile, the result of this election has left many others struggling to understand the reasons why.

We're living in tumultuous times.  The United States is standing as a divided nation of polarized beliefs.  Take a handful of people from the far right and a handful of people from the far left, put them in a room together, and an alien would have a hard time believing that they were living in the same country, under the same government, unified together.  There's chaos in the streets.  This election cycle has brought out an incredible amount of passion, unrest, anger, and disgust from both sides of the spectrum.  It's an unsettling thing to witness.  We're at war with each other... and for what?  Don't we all want happiness, health, and love?  Can we not be civilized about our pursuit of this?

Hate is never the answer.  Fear should not drive us forward.  But as Newton said, for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.  Beyond the swirl of hate and fear that seemingly dominates our cultural landscape, there is a swirl of love that's feeling it's call to action.  It's always there, humming its truth from the core, and we have to recognize it, feel it, and act from it.  Real change comes from within and is transmitted out in waves through our own actions, thoughts, and beliefs.  We have to always continue to stand for what we believe in.  But we also have to be civilized about it and not demonize others for reaching different conclusions.  We have to try to understand the motivations of our brothers and sisters to see both sides of the coin and work toward a happy, cohesive resolution.  

With open hearts and open minds, we can start to come together again and carve out a path toward peace.  Rise with strength and courage my friends.

"For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use to be anything else."
- Sir Winston Churchill 

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