I’m still trying to grip my head around the results of the presidential election this week, and I can’t lie, it’s been hard. Extremely hard. While I can’t say I’m surprised considering the system that America has been built on, it’s still disheartening to see this happen. Americans aren’t the only ones affected by this, it’s a worldwide trend of ignorance fuelled with hate.
I will never in any way support Donald Trump. Nor will I ever trust anyone who does. I’m all for difference of opinion but I refuse to associate with anyone who shares values that are solely based on racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia. I don’t care what this man can potentially do for your pockets, there’s a far bigger picture here and it’s terrifying.
My website was essentially built to showcase my work and potentially gain new clients, I know that by speaking out on this topic can jeopardize that but it’s a risk I’m more than willing to take. No amount of money (not that it’s a lot anyway) will ever stop me from speaking my truth and what I know in my heart is right.
While I’m still trying to find the words to say (if I ever write anything more), I’d like to share a message my father sent me the day after the election. As a brilliant writer, humanitarian and activist he always finds the exact words at the right time and articulates them to perfection.
As frustrating and painful as this is, we have to believe in love and compassion. That’s what I’m choosing to do.
The US election have been a surprise to many people. We will see where the new administration goes. I have some initial thoughts that the privileged and powerful will become more privileged and powerful.
When we challenge the status quo, it is not going to be easy in the US or anywhere else. But we cannot give up on our values that every life is important and has value including not only the life of people but the life of the earth in which is embedded the life of all living things.
Don’t let depression and sadness overwhelm you. There are incredibly good people wherever you go, people who see you for who you are and believe the same things you believe. That is a community that is open, welcoming and inclusive.
It has taken the aboriginal people of this continent and elsewhere decades to be recognized and not slandered – and that process is not over – human enlightenment, I believe, will never ever end. It is an eternal process with both victories and defeats.
We still have our lives to live, in meaningful and compassionate ways.
Love you lots. Dad