FROM THE DESK OF: Nina
November 8th, 2016, 7:51PM
My Fellow Americans,
By the time you read this, we’ll have endured the nail-biting finale to this godforsaken thing we’ve unfortunately had to call Election 2016.
I – like many of you, I am sure – am watching the results roll in with a semi-permanent, blushing, wide-eyed emoji face… which, to be fair, would have been my face regardless of the results. We have endured months plagued with scandal and hateful, divisive rhetoric; to say that many of us feel like we’ve been stuck between a rock and a hard place throughout this whole year would be a serious understatement.
But as we enter this new era of… whatever we shall call it, I can’t help but wonder:
Where do we go from here?
Believe it or not, at the heart of it all, I do believe there lies a thin sliver of opportunity for solidarity in the fact that most people just want to see our nation thrive. Sure, we all have vastly different ideas of what “thriving” looks like, but what would happen if we actually entertained this idea that we might all have this one simple motivation in common? What would happen if we actually tried to understand the genuine intent behind our neighbors’ beliefs; carried constructive, present dialogue; and didn’t just jump to the conclusion that opposing views are centered around wishing ill will upon others? What would happen if we, God forbid, took pride out of the equation every so often?
However these next four years ensue, we can’t deny the fact that this election has been a traumatic experience for all of us. I would hope that in the wake of this, we would realize that it is absolutely essential that we stop shunning opposing views and making caricatures out of those who don’t agree with us if we actually want to make progress in this world. Quite honestly, I would hope we’d learn to shut up every so often and just listen.
I am sure these thoughts will very well be dismissed by some as naïve, idealistic, wishful thinking. But I truly believe that if we stopped to listen and genuinely tried to understand differing points of view once in awhile, we’d actually have a shot at mending the wounds inflicted by this hot mess of an election year.
I choose to believe it.
I have to believe it.