The world stands bewildered by the events that unfolded on Nov 8. But really, it shouldn’t be.
We wrap ourselves up in these social cocoons where we are often vindicated, encouraged and supported by people who share the same world views as us. Some of us have immersed ourselves so much into these cocoons that we have convinced ourselves that this is the world and that there is no reality outside this. That a reality where someone would be insane enough to think that an obviously misogynistic/Islamophobic glam-loving raging bull would be a good fit to be the leader of the free world cannot possibly exist.
But it clearly does. As such, the unthinkable has happened. Well, it’s only ‘unthinkable’ to people who are exactly like ‘you’ really. At some point the Democrats’ campaign got so entrenched in their own reality, one that clearly shone so brightly on social media, that it forgot that there was a huge world out there that was never going to appear on your daily media feed. The reality they chose to invest in probably formed a large portion of 46.9% of eligible voters who decided not to vote, waving off the remaining demographics who sat outside of their reality, leaving them to just basically ‘do the right thing’. They did. Well, for them at least, and we have what we have today.
We publicly post our discontentment for subcultures we abhor, people we dislike or a situation at the parking lot in the morning and await justification from our rabid followers about just how right you were to do/say what you did and how wrong the other person was for doing what they did, even though in some cases it may be completely unjustified. We then gorge on these comments like little hungry despots until we’re obese from haughtiness. This has become most of ‘our’ reality. It’s mob mentality, but all worked through a stained qwerty keyboard.
The irony is staggering. That a platform that really has enabled us to acquaint ourselves so much more with diverse communities around the world has instead made us a lot more boxed-in. But that’s human nature. We always have a knack of finding the weakest joints in every perfect machine to send it crashing into insignificant useless pieces.
I find discussions on morality without the presence of an immovable, incorruptible good, pointless. We can all agree that not many of us and the systems we govern would dare stand on that unblemished morality line given our track record as a species. So that leaves us with what exactly? Common sense? Well that obviously did not work out so well on Nov 8.
There is really no good or evil in this world, not in the truest definition of those words. What we often have are differing opinions between parties and how strongly one party can convince the rest that it understands the plight of all but that its stand is still the right one. It’s the basis of politics, really.
Beyond this world however, that’s another matter altogether …
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Your article implicitly assumes that Trump is all that you say he is. Although you try to conceal your disappointment, it obviously is leaking out of your skin. It also implicitly assumes a Hillary presidency is a better one. Rather than writing in convoluted language and spinning grandiose verbs to make a point, why don’t you put up real arguments as to why Trump is all you say he is (xenophobic, racist and misogynistic) and how a Hillary presidency is a better one. Can you put some real research into it if you are going to attempt (for example, sit through single 2-hour campaign speeches that Trump has given and see if it matches to what you are accusing him of being)? Can you also discuss this in light of the worldview you subscribe to (especially in relation to how a Clinton presidency will be a better one)?