You must not abandon the ship in the storm because you cannot control the winds… What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can…
(St. Thomas More)
I’m 52–today–and I’ve just decided–I’m not moving.
Donald Trump can be our next POTUS, and I’m staying put and giving voice to what matters most.
Not participating politically is no longer an option for me. I want to be tenacious like Bernie. Our democracy is that precious.
I’m just finishing the biography, First Family: Abigail and John Adams (by the Pulitzer Prize winning historian Joseph Ellis), and I am reminded that this right and left shit has been happening since the founding of our Nation–an insight which both disheartens and encourages me.
But we don’t have to make each other into caricatures. We can see more than our labels. We can persist past the portrayal of one-dimensional views. We can take time to get under the rhetoric and back into the reality and complexity of what it means to be human.
Women can lead the way. We know something of complexity. Author and activist, Elizabeth Lesser, suggests we take “the other” to lunch. “Find out what’s really in their hearts,” she says.
Admittedly, Donald Trump would be a tough lunch for me to swallow; but we don’t have to start with views that make our blood boil, we can begin with a simmer.
I don’t know if it’s true that the Dalia Lama said that Western women will save the world. But we don’t need a man to tell us. We know what we are capable of. Let’s scrap the whining and get to it.
(ps. Other voices trumping Trump today: “It’s fun for the political media to treat Donald Trump like he’s the lead character in a soap opera or the star player on a baseball team. But the truth is his language is dangerous, especially as it empowers his supporters to act out against Muslims, Latinos, and African-Americans.” Click here to hear Tom Brokaw elaborate.)