Ok, this is not about my brain, but I needed to gat out some stuff after yestwerday’ disaster! Things from Facebook worth sharing! We go forward – no other choice!
“On two hours of sleep, I can’t go back to bed. Maybe I should have knocked on more doors, made more phone calls, talked to more people, prepared more leaflets…Or maybe I shouldn’t have patronized and ridiculed the other side while living in my own bubble. We all made the same stupid mistake Liberals in Italy made for decades, we patronized and underestimated the adversary while he was talking to people, and to many new people, while we basically talked to and at ourselves.
So–our worst nightmare has come to pass. Last night I went to bed at 11, hoping for a reprieve and awoke to the apocalypse. What do you do in the face of this?
I recall how I felt waking to the Bush presidency–and this is about 100 times worse. But here’s what I remember about an effective survival strategy. You go on being a good person. You give yourself wholeheartedly to those people and situations God puts in your path. You stay out of the fuckery of national political conversations, and go local, and hope that your goodness pulses outwards in small purposeful increments.
We have been warriors. Now we are wounded. We get to watch the sad march of our arch nemesis into the highest office in the land–knowing that he doesn’t represent our best selves. Rather our wounded, angry, fearful selves. And maybe by healing that part inside ourselves, we can begin to heal on a larger scale.
This morning I practiced a little radical self love. (Not that kind! Wait for him to take office at least before giving your mind over to the gutter?) I woke and took the dogs out for a walk on the beach. Lo and behold, the sun was cresting the waves, and the pups had a good run on the beach, and came back hungry for breakfast. I gave them steak.
Today, I’m gonna dive back into a project I’ve been working on — more on that later–and pay attention to the things and people I love. And this is how you get through a day, a week, a year. Four years. By being who you already are and paying attention to the good stuff. Locally. The stuff that pulses inside you. That kind of local.
Democracy is an exercise in faith. I’ve lost faith in the vision of my countrymen, but not in the institution itself. I figure, maybe we need to acknowledge our own wounded ugliness before we can heal it. God knows, our ugliness has come to light in 24 hours. But I have faith in the greater ways we all fit into each other’s lives.
Be good. Do good. For now, that’s enough.
Cyrus (my dear and wonderful friend)
Sick to my stomach – Lukas Hassel
I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair.- Paul Krugman (NY Times)
59 /react-text I have never felt as outnumbered in my life as I have the last 12 hours. Can’t we unite to at least demand that congress give Obama the Supreme Court nomination hearing? Don’t they have an obligation to their jobs and let our beloved President do his? Do we have to quietly hand over all three branches of government to an impulsive fascist?
We should however not let our fear and/or anger influence our life and decisions, and we should continue to fight for what we believe in. – Karin Sham Poo
How to explain this to my grandchildren?
How to explain this to myself? – Robert Cohen
24 hours ago I was filled with hope as I scanned my ballot sheet I am now filled with deep sorrow and dread. How do you console your 17 year old who is too young to vote but will bear the brunt of 4 years of hatred and bigotry in the White House? But I am also filled with resolve. We have come together before to fight for women’s rights, for LGBT rights, against wars. As AIDS activists, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter we took to the streets. United we have to stand up to these bullies. Act up, fight back, fight hate! – Sandra Elgear
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “This is the end of nothing. This is the beginning of something new and solemn and so important. You must be part of what comes next.” – Zach Barnett
My motto today is: regroup, recalibrate, restrategize and keep on fighting. Hidden in the forces that pull us down, is the energy to lift us up.