I am moved, once again, by the Expanse (book) series.
“We’re spending our whole lives together, so we need to be really gentle.” — Nami
This seems especially poignant with Friday looming. Some are disappointed, and many are scared, and honestly, only the most short-sighted are triumphant. I feel like an observer, having nothing invested in the incoming president, and nothing invested in his predecessor. Both are, in my opinion, narcissistic, power-hungry demagogues who care little who is hurt by their proclamations. Legacy this, agenda that.
It is always we who suffer. You and me, red and blue and purple. Don’t kid yourself that there are enough politicians who care about you to make a difference. Don’t think for one second that the divisions are not stoked, that we are not manipulated, that it is not all for the benefit of those in power.
Our overlords don’t care about you. Maybe on the state level, because they might see you at the grocery store, but once they hit the big time, you are nothing to them. We have to care about each other, even if our very spirits resist. We’re spending our whole lives together; we need to be really gentle.
You and I are the only ones who can change things, and to do so we’re going to have to stop indulging in hate and grudges and start to find some commonality, however superficial. We need to build real relationships with people who don’t think like us and try to engage without hurting. Acceptance doesn’t mean approval, and being gentle does not weaken. Remember what you believe and why, and then listen to someone else.
If we learn to stop being such prideful assholes, we might actually change our trajectory.
I’m not holding my breath.