In the early hours of November 9th 2016 Donald Trump won the 2016 Election and become President Elect of the United States of America.
If you are looking for details of that story, you have come to the wrong place; that is not why I am writing this.
I am writing this, for you.
For if you (as I do) think that Donald Trump as President is a Very Bad Idea, then we have work to do.
I know that it is too soon. That for some of you the shock and disbelief will be too near; but despair is a luxury we cannot afford.
Donald Trump did not win the election by accident. People voted for him; in vast numbers. And this day is the darker for it.
If you are angry, I understand. If you are scared, I understand. If you cannot believe this is happening, I understand.
Trump’s election has shone a harsh light on the very real wounds of America, wounds which speak bluntly to our collective failure as citizens of the world. Our failure to effectively educate, our failure to heal division, our failure to meaningfully engage.
But now is not the time for blame or recrimination. Hatred cannot be our answer, and more fear will only feed the fires of division. This is our time now, our challenge; this is the task that has been set before us.
Apathy is the enemy. If we give up we become part of the problem. If we want things to improve we have to work.
Moving forward, we must work to effectively educate. We must work to heal division. And we must work to engage more people in this process.
Because this is not just about America, it is about the world and every soul in it. It is about you, and it is about me; it is about our families, and it is about our friends; it is about our future, and it is about the world we choose to leave behind for those who will follow.
Take heart my friend. If you are reading this then there is hope. Today may be dark but, as long as we still draw breath we carry with us the opportunity to make things better. This is not hyperbole, nor is it panacea. I believe it with every fiber of my being.
I believe in us.
And I believe, in you.
If you are having a hard time then I am here for you. If you need to speak to someone feel free to write me, either thru the mailing list or by using the comments section.
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