Thinking Out Loud
I've been thinking about how demoralized most of us are. Frankly that is completely logical given current realities. I feel discouraged, powerless, frustrated, boxed in. I don't think the actual left in this country has disappeared, but we are scattered. I am exhausted by being outraged, finished with dwelling on that. I'm also finished with being cynical. Spending my time and energy that way feels a waste and a dead end road.
So what is there to do? Part of me wants to find a way to communicate with Trumpers, Fox watchers and open their eyes. Another part of me says better to find a way to get through to some of the "liberals". There are other true left people out there. And I have been discovering accidentally in conversations, that unexpected people are in agreement with me about free speech, Snowden, Assange.
We don't have much time to do anything that will make a difference and begin to turn around what we see happening, be a part of getting things moving in a positive direction. But I believe there are things we can do. Maybe a start is doing some brainstorming.
It is not hopeless. Remember the size and enthusiasm of the rallies for Bernie? There were polls early in 2020 showing that a majority of even Fox viewers would vote for Bernie over Trump. Bernie is out of the picture. But the ideas he talked about were and are things people were in favor of. My point being that we are not alone in what we want for this country and our world.
Think about the things a majority of the US population wants. Just stop and think for a minute about those things. We are not alone. We are not a minority. We are people who have realized we will not get these things without a major struggle.
We are locked in while this pandemic rages. But we can use this time to plan, to connect with like minded people, to practice the skill of focusing on the things we have in common instead of our differences. People will always have differences. We each live in our own skin. I think our connectedness with others is most important. If we can find connections and exploit them, we can win.
We don't want to be like some churches and even political groups have a tendency to be. They start arguing about some one point and instead of agreeing to disagree on that thing, end up splitting into separate groups.
I'm not the brightest button in the box and for sure not here. And I'm inclined to be Pollyanna-ish at times. But I believe we can find actions this community can take, perhaps along with like minded people that can make a genuine difference.