Imagine you invested your life in a failing effort. And I mean big, big risk, big effort, big flop. Now on top of that pain and humiliation, add a nation of 70 million people posting ridiculing videos, jokes, tweets, facebook posts, songs, famous personalities come out as “for” or “against” you.

Imagine you are President Trump, sitting by yourself on a sofa, eating a whole half gallon of icecream. That’s what I would do. Lets face it. He must be feeling terrible. 

We see school shooters and study in earnest how these people became lost souls.

One thing that shooters share is the sense they have been humiliated when they are down. We can see in their lives, wholesale rejection, a sense of being shot to the moon on a rocket of persecution. 

I think it’s only fair to say we are creating something much worse than what we’ve seen so far. If youmake a hilarious video ridiculing Trump and his supporters, I think it is important to stop and consider. What future do you want for our country? 

I heard a friend talking about their shock after the election, reading the posts on facebook that lamented the outcome of the election. People saying viscous and biting things, promoting scandals that have been disproved in courts of law. My friend admitted to unfriending these people. 

While I know this has become the American way, and is seen as compassionate rather than attacking someone for their beliefs, there must become a new American way. 

We created Donald Trump with our inability to listen to each other and truly address the ails of our country. If we wish to be promoting equality and a world view, we must listen to the pains that our friends and family experience as the cost of those ideals.

There has to be space for the voices of everyone, or the dreams of equality are illegitimate. We are ready to march for black rights, latino rights, but not uneducated white rights. We are willing to lie down before a bulldozer to save trees, but not willing to educate those who live off the harvesting of these beautiful ancient beings. 

We need to see we are capable of having a conversation. We are capable of understanding that someone could in fact be so frightened as to carry beliefs we don’t understand yet. We can expand, we can become the person who heals this divide, and ends this uncivil war.

One Comment

  1. Kit Dunsmore

    Yes, yes, yes! Everything you say is true. It’s not easy to see our way forward, but one of the things that will have to happen is lots of conversations where we talk about how we feel, what we believe, what we want, and why. We have to find a way to connect so we can live together in harmony.

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