Sarah’s Thoughts on He Who Should Not Be Named

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.

6 thoughts on “Sarah’s Thoughts on He Who Should Not Be Named

  1. Sarah, I applaud your voice. More importantly, I applaud that in choosing not be silent it means recgonizing that conversations need to be had with those of which you may disagree. It can be scary and difficult to remain calm and human when speaking with someone whose thinking does not make sense to you, but I am sending you my juju to do so.

    I am also going to take your words to heart and also work hard to have tough conversations with my fellow Americans. Living in silence is not an option.

  2. Sarah dear, you echo the sentiments of many. I feel fortunate to live where I do, Massachusetts is heavily Democratic & almost everyone I know feels the way you do (with the exception of one of the mechanics who works for my wonderful auto repair person – & the conversation I had with him was way before the election was done so who knows what he feels now). I’m going to send you a poem that a man I know, John Bos, recommended. Today, he wrote an excellent “My Turn” in our local paper – actually, there have been half a dozen excellent pieces by various people since the election. I’ve asked if he can email it to me so I can send it to you. The poem I already have. But as I said when Marcy called me because she, like you, was so concerned (Marcy is Maribeth Dawkin’s partner), “If you continue to do the good work you already do, & continue to help others, you are a positive influence in your community. Beyond that, there will be ways to support what needs to be supported. Sign petitions, keep up with the news but keep your balance. Sadly, we’re seeing more openly what has been playing out covertly for many years.”

    Hugs, love,
    Tante Noisette

  3. Sarah dear, you echo the sentiments of many. I feel fortunate to live where I do, Massachusetts is heavily Democratic & almost everyone I know feels the way you do (with the exception of one of the mechanics who works for my wonderful auto repair person – & the conversation I had with him was way before the election was done so who knows what he feels now). I’m going to send you a poem that a man I know, John Bos, recommended. Today, he wrote an excellent “My Turn” in our local paper – actually, there have been half a dozen excellent pieces by various people since the election. I’ve asked if he can email it to me so I can send it to you. The poem I already have. But as I said when Marcy called me because she, like you, was so concerned (Marcy is Maribeth Dawkin’s partner), “If you continue to do the good work you already do, & continue to help others, you are a positive influence in your community. Beyond that, there will be ways to support what needs to be supported. Sign petitions, keep up with the news but keep your balance. Sadly, we’re seeing more openly what has been playing out covertly for many years.”

    Hugs, love,
    Tante Noisette

  4. My dear Sarah:
    There is no need to feel terrified. (I’m sorry that you do!) Our government has built-in checks and balances: Congress did not allow Obama to do what he wanted to.
    They won’t let the crazy man do anything bad. I’ve been reading a lot about that recently. He’s going to have a very rough time! Very rough!
    There are a lot of good people in Washington and he’s not fooling anyone. It will work out.
    Good will prevail…
    Much love to you,
    Carole

  5. Thanks for reaching out with all these sentiments. One of the most brilliant comments I saw came from Sam Harris who you introduced me to which I am so grateful. He podcast this the day after the election.”

    “We all must hope for Trump’s success at this point. We want his presidency to be a good one. It’s as if we’re all on an airplane together, and the real pilot has died, and now a man who has never flown an airplane has taken the controls and is attempting an emergency landing, and we’re all stuck in the back of the plane. So we’re rooting for the man in the cockpit. Of course, before he got his hands on the controls, some of us complained about how unqualified he was. There were a few other people back here with a lot of time spent flying planes, but this guy stormed the cockpit, and now he’s in the pilot seat, and the runway is in view, and we are out of time. So, let’s hope he’s talking to the people in air traffic control. But the problem, of course, is that it actually matters who’s in the tower. Just think about who Trump has surrounded himself with: Rudi Giuliani, Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, Mike Pence—this is a clown car of ideologues and incompetents, with a couple of religious maniacs thrown in. Again, we want him to land this plane, and it doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t matter if we all wind up covered in vomit. We will be grateful just to be alive. And I will be very grateful if after four years Donald Trump hasn’t set back human progress a generation.”

  6. The government has been failing to achieve positive growth WITHOUT INCENTIVES or interest reductions. They’ve been failing to give PRIVATE sector jobs a chance to succeed. Overall, they’ve been failing to demonstrate a sustainable future for our economy. The education that children are receiving from teachers and parents alike is questionable and we are unable to sustain full-time employment levels due to taxing regulations.

    We’re all doing what we think is best, and I honestly believe that our cultural and community values can be restored to better state with Donald Trump leading. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that he says, but reducing government interference in technology, healthcare, and education definitely outweighs his lack of charisma.

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