This is not normal.
I will not normalize the political situation in our country.
I am deeply scared that a full-blown narcissist is to become the 45th President of the United States.
As the pendulum inevitably swings in narcissism, there is an equal paring of low self-esteem. This leads to impulsivity. When one’s emotional base boomerangs between extremes, I fear for the repercussions.
There is not an altruistic bone in this man’s body. He is a misogynist with an affinity for bad guys, troublemakers, and billionaire businessmen. His third grade rhetoric lacks integrity and forethought. His perverse focus on anything image-damaging, like Vanity Fair, further ignores humanitarian crises around the world. His irreverent use of social media is coarse and base for a world leader.
I’m scared about the future.
He appears to be trigger-happy with nuclear arms and has a blatant disregard for the already present future of automation. If we can’t have a real conversation about the jobs that are being replaced by machines, how will we prepare for the people whose jobs are being lost?
He erroneously assumes that Americans want to pay significantly more for goods that are created here. I seriously doubt the majority do, even those who support fair trade.
His blatant rebuttal of issues supported by reason, justice, and science is terrifying. The model of leadership that we are showing to our young people increases my hesitation to have children.
The morning after the election, many of the staff at my nursing home were joyous. I couldn’t understand how they didn’t feel the deep revulsion to him that occurs at any moment I witness his orange face or belting speech. My first session of acupuncture was cancelled because the acupuncturist was vomiting in reaction to the results.
The is the first time I’ve felt politically moved. At the risk of appearing ignorant, George Bush’s second term, the Iraq War, and 911 did not hit me as hard as this.
Lizzy shared this quote,
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – MLK
Robert DeNiro is not staying silent.
Sam Harris and Garry Kasparov are not staying silent.
I won’t either.
This Saturday, January 21st, Lacey, Squishy, Erica and I will be in the Women’s March in New York.
Moving forwards, what do we do?
Changing opinions is very difficult as Harris notes in his recent study.
Reading widely varied media is important. Any other ideas?
A woman I recently met said that she is actively monitoring her news intake, creating a safe inner haven.
I am reading more positive news and assessing my media intake. I am getting in touch with how I feel and react to reading certain news. I’m deciding how much I can and should take in.
Grace and I were speaking this past weekend about the world we find ourselves in as she and Jeff expect their first child. Initially we agreed there is no silver lining to this sick nightmare. Then we decided there is one, Alec Baldwin.
I want to speak with those I disagree with politically.
We have find a way to have political conversations that are reflect engaged and respectful participation. We cannot speak only to those we agree with. And we can’t continue to keep quiet on topics because they may be confrontational.
I don’t know what the future holds, but this is not normal.