Today, the outcome of the election has left a world reeling in feelings, opinions, and reflection. Will today be one of those days, like the day Kennedy died, when people will always remember what they were doing when the outcome of the election was announced? More importantly, will everyone remember what they 'felt'? I suggest that it will be much the same feeling - one of mourning and loss.
Regardless of whom won or loss or whom you voted for or why, this is a day when the entire world is thinking about the outcome - meaning that none can ignore what just happened in America. The outcome of this election is a message to Americans that we have never had a voice in whom determines our or our children's future safety or sense of freedom. We may feel that need to 'go back' and rethink and/or study how we came to be where we are today. Possibly, we will consider 'conspiracy theories' concerning some of our true leaders; ask ourself how or why were they murdered. Perhaps, we will consider the possibility that the 'elite' not only have control of us and our country, but also our future. And, everyone will realize the deep knowledge that freedom of speech is no longer an option. 'Fear' - how many feel the fear of speaking up - fear that you will be considered an 'enemy of the state' - a terrorist? And, all know how we got here - complacency - the belief that it will all be okay if we just ignore what is happening in our world. Let's ask ourself who will come along and save our fate now?
If you have not been listening, look around - the world is actually praying for us.
Personally, I am in mourning. It feels as though the gavel has dropped, the decision made for us. We must accept that, as a culture, we condone, and/or ignore abuse of children, discrimination, human trafficking, terrorism, mental health stigma, elitist world order, etc. If we can't accept, we can wonder why we mourn - in denial.
The truth - things are not going to get better from this day forward. History repeats itself, as we all know. Americans have ALLOWED so many atrocities that there is simply no turning back. We were told that we each had a voice - a democracy - but, our voices have been historically silenced.
So, I am writing this as what I have witnessed for 65 years of my life. I have spent my life speaking out for 'freedom' - the notion that everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and those who take that right from another lose their right to freedom. This has historically not been the case at all, in my experience. One only has to read the statistics of child abuse, human trafficking, murders, etc. to realize that the victims are silenced while the perpetrators are elected into presidential office (for example). Just saying that many seem to be waiting for something 'different' to happen. Why would anything different happen?
That said, I have been reading posts all over the internet, mostly written by survivors of abuse. It has been said that 'survivors' are basically vulnerable and needy - easily influenced - controlled by others or their own feeling of inadequacy. I have argued this vehemently for decades. Survivors 'are' strong, intelligent, and independent.
Today, survivors have begun to speak out - loud and clear. Bravo! We don't need to depend on some creep in power to define our future. Some 48 million survivors in America standing for our rights should do it. What do you think? Isn't it about time? The people can create change - it just takes lots and lots of people who have loud enough voices and a passion to follow through. Sitting around hoping some Washington elite politician actually has all that power is a mistake that will end any hope of freedom in this country.
I put this up for discussion and hope that others might partake. It is important that we all respect and validate each others feelings and thoughts right now.
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