I have not had the energy to post much of anything, in the past week, as you can see. Nor have many people stopped by to read. And now that the election results have put someone in charge who openly mocked disabled people and incited his followers to violence, to be honest, I’ve toyed with the idea of going back to my moniker “Aspie Under Your Radar”.
I’ve been worried. Deeply, deeply worried, about the potential impact to myself and the world I live in — especially the most vulnerable. And I can’t help but find parallels between what’s happening here now, and what happened in Germany, back in in the 1930s.
I have a hard time believing we will sink to the depths of a Nazi 2.0 society, ourselves. But I also have a hard time believing we’ll escape that same fate.
Then again, part of me feels like we’ve actually always been in a borderline fascist society in these United States, and that these problems that are cropping up in plain view are really nothing new. In fact, it’s surprisingly similar to the world I grew up in. So, I already have experience dealing with it.
For days after the election, I was wreathed in the smoke and mirrors of political intrigue, dismay, depression, and a host of other deeply felt concerns… much of it fueled by Facebook, which is where I re-connected with a lot of my friends who are on the same wavelength as me. And I realize yet again, why I stay off Facebook — it took such a toll on me. I was getting too caught up in the whirlwind of that shocker of a result. Plus, I wasn’t taking good care of myself. And I was spinning — wildly in circles — caught up in the spin-cycle of cultural dismay… all of which just knocked the stuffing out of me.
The worst and most taxing thing of all, has been the utter lack of logic to this whole political scene. The arguments for/against each candidate are steeped in bias and misinformation, and precious little reality – no matter how you slice it. Lack of nuance. Lack of sophistication. Lack of compassion – for anyone who doesn’t agree with you. All the platitudes and fear-mongering and one-dimensional picking of sides that just pushes away everyone else who doesn’t agree with all of your points. People usually have their own reasons for doing things, which you cannot begin to understand, because you’ve never lived their life.
There’s been no balanced discussion. There’s been no give-and-take, other than ideological Molotov cocktails lobbed over the barbed-wire mental barriers we’ve erected around ourselves.
THAT inability to see other sides is what got us into this situation. Not just one candidate. Not just one election. This divide, this oversimplification, this refusal to admit that others may have a point, combined with this lust for armed conflict, has been building for years and years. This is not new. It’s how we roll, in this country. We just have a Bigger And Badder case of it, right now. For some people, nothing has really changed. For others, they’re now forced to look at things that they’re accustomed to not considering. At all. Only time will tell, whether anything actually ever changes as a result of this. But I’m not holding my breath.
Instead, I’m taking action. I’m doing something constructive. I’m pouring my energy into positive things that are intended to deliberately help others. Because really, that’s the only thing that really matters to me, right now. Helping others who need help. No matter how they voted. Everybody’s got to manage their own corner of the universe and do what they can to make things better. I’m doing what I can.
How ’bout you?