I came to WordPress last evening, seeking a distraction from despair. I’ve been on a media blackout, avoiding television, the news, and FB. I have just not been ready to face a world in which so many people, although NOT the majority, voted for … well, a man whose values are so very different from my own.
And I’ve felt badly about that. Where was my fight? Where was my ability to rally? I’ve been feeling like Tom Cruise in Top Gun after the death of Goose. Maverick couldn’t engage, and I hadn’t been able to either.
As John Pavlovitz said in his article “This is Why We Grieve Today”:
This has never been about politics.
This is not about one candidate over the other.
It’s not about one’s ideas over another’s.
It is not blue vs. red.
It’s not her emails vs. his bad language.
It’s not her dishonesty vs. his indecency.
It’s about overt racism and hostility toward minorities.
It’s about religion being weaponized.
It’s about crassness and vulgarity and disregard for women.
It’s about a barricaded, militarized, bully nation.
It’s about an unapologetic, open-faced ugliness
Starting a new business and being so overwhelmed with it that I didn’t have time to focus on the results of the election was helpful.
Being with my likeminded, similarly destraught friends was also helpful.
Knowing that so many of my WP friends feel the same way that I do has been comforting.
When I heard about the Women’s March on Washington, a peaceful march in the unity of women to honor women’s rights and values, I felt something rising within me.
I don’t have answers, and I surely haven’t been able to express myself as elequently as so many of you.
But I do feel the hint of a rally.