I haven’t wanted to write this, or even voice it. The pain and shock is still too raw, and everyone I know is suffering anxiety, stomach troubles, depression, and sleepless nights from the recent “election”.
I don’t want to destroy any shreds of hope that all my friends are clinging to… “We’ll run this person in 2018.” “We’ll run that person in 2020.”
Really? You think so? Really?
Today the only thing I have to to offer is that by remaining rooted in compassion, and refusing to conform to the new regime of cruelty and ignorance, we each can be a force for good. We may be called upon to help our neighbor being accosted by racists, we may have to help families flee their homes. We may have to stand up to militarized police, as some of us are doing right now at Standing Rock. And like our brothers and sisters and Standing Rock, many of us will be injured, arrested, and it’s quite likely that some of us will be killed in the process. Corporate control has already been bad, as we’ve seen police attack meditators during the Occupy protests and praying Water Protectors at Standing Rock. It’s been bad, but with at least a few voices in government standing for common decency and compassion.
I hope I’m wrong. I hope there’s something I’ve missed. But as a student of human nature and a student of history, what I’m seeing is like a slow-motion car wreck. Because it appears that the last impediment to complete corporate control in the USA will be removed on Jan 21.
And by reminding ourselves that we can remain a voice for the voiceless, and reminding ourselves that only 25% of eligible voters actually voted for this regime, we can recall that most people in the US are decent, good people. There may be comfort in knowing that others in repressive regimes have made a difference for the downtrodden. We can do the same.
Raising our voices for justice will be required. Remaining rooted in compassion will be essential.
Essential… because things are going to get intense.
Because I do believe that the dream of a United States is one an equal and just society, where every person has value – that dream is over.
I wish I didn’t believe this. Today I see no solution that can be accomplished by rules, procedure, or voting in its present gerrymandered, suppressed, form. And being someone who always looks for solutions and a way to stay positive, this is especially painful for me; I’m profoundly sorry. And my heart is broken.
For the courageous amongst us, please read on.