US election result hibernation and reawakening
So... Last Wednesday (NZ time) Donald Trump became the president elect for the United States of America. I watched the result of the election from the leftist haven of the BizDojo with a number of other shocked people with a can of beer in my hand.
After the result came out I went into hibernation. I was shocked and dismayed that instead of electing the first female president, the american people choose an alleged sexual abuser, alleged rapist, and known tax dodger to such a high position of government.
The US isn't my country. Trump isn't my president (or prime minister as we have here). But as a person who strongly believes in human rights and how we need to be looking after each other as a world full of people rather than nations, I couldn't help the wave of sadness come over me.
Since the election result and after my hibernation period of disbelief I have come to see that something beautiful has come out of this result. Not only because the popular vote went MASSIVELY Hillary Clintons way, but because so many people came out saying messages of hope. Messages of support. Messages that said I may not be exactly like you but I am here for you. I will support you. We will get through this and we will get through it by coming together.
If I have learned anything from the US election results and the Brexit results the younger generations (OK I'm not THAT old but still...) care about what is happening around them. Understand the realities that they are facing, want to make a difference and work together to make it happen.
So now I'm through the grieving process what next? Well not surprisingly I'm with J.K. Rowling on this one.