In the hours since the outcome of the presidential election was settled, I’ve been feeling and thinking and talking about what it means, what to do, how to recover. I believe that this is a clarifying moment for us all.
I live next to the playground of a middle school. The noise of kids playing soccer and baseball and football floats through the fence, with all their laughing and shouting. Just a few days ago my partner overheard one of the boys say “Come on, white people!”. My partner is black. I was shocked when she told me. I’m sure she was shocked also. Not so long ago political correctness would keep such utterances unspoken, or at least private. It’s a new day.
Those of us on the left have retreated to our special interest silos for years. Gay rights groups protesting the latest murder of a transgender person. Environmentalists fighting the Keystone pipeline. Black Lives Matter protesting the killing of yet another black person. Native Americans defending the water and land of their ancestral home. Women’s groups defending Planned Parenthood. Not so long ago there were liberation movements where people found common cause in each others’ oppression. It’s a new day.
One of the blogs I follow is Gigi’s Rants & Raves. In a recent post she points out the wrongness that Hillary won the popular vote but Donald won the presidency. MoveOn wants us to fight this. Another silo movement. I left a comment that petitioning our government to abolish the electoral college is pointless. I said that I think it’s time that the blue states should secede. Such is my anger. The next day I discovered that in fact there is indeed a movement already underway for California to secede. I didn’t know anything about #Calexit. I found my way to YesCalifornia.org. A petition will be on our 2019 ballots to secede. And now I’m seeing this succession movement all over the internet. Like this post by Joe Cannon, who, by the way, predicted that Trump would win this election.
For decades both conservatives and liberals have relinquished power to define the shape our future will take. We gave responsibility to politicians, and politicians invariably disappointed their base. In this election white people found common cause and elected a non-politician. Everyone on the left is distraught. You’ve surely seen the photo of young white men during Trump’s victory speech. Fascism unleashed.
My day always starts the same. I arise about 5am to feed the cats & dogs. I read one or another book on spirituality while I drink my first cup of coffee and delight in the dawn. It’s the same every day. Today I read this in The Way of Transformation: What is the world, if not each moment of relationship in which you find yourself?
This is a clarifying moment in America. We cannot go forward into oblivion. We cannot go backward into movements. We have power to create our future. Not so long ago we designated politicians as the ones responsible for defining and creating a vision of the future. We can’t afford to do that anymore. It’s a new day. There are no such things as silos. We’re all in it together. In fact, we are each other. Our fates are shared just as surely as the air we breathe. Quantum entanglement — the notion that a pair of “entangled” particles, once measured, can somehow instantly communicate with each other so that their states always match. It’s not a notion, it’s a proven scientific fact. This week’s election in America has clarified human entanglement. The silos existed in our imagination. They were never real. The threats are global and so is the solution. The power we’ve given away never left us.