Not Taking It Personally
Yesterday, the morning after the election, I was already being told not to be so upset -“Don’t take it so hard” – that the outcome of this election will not affect me personally.
And I guess it won’t. except:
– That I care about people having access to healthcare
– That I care about protecting the environment
– That I care about women being able to make decisions about their bodies for themselves
– That I care about gay people have the right to love and marry who they want
– That I care about the prospect of families being torn apart by deportation
– That I care about rich people paying their fair share of taxes
– That I care about the safety of our soldiers
– That I care about the danger to police officers, while at the same time caring about the treatment that African-American men receive at the hands of law enforcement and the justice system
– That I care about judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin or their method of worship or the attractiveness of their body.
– That I care about providing children with the example of love and kindness and the consequences of meanness and bullying
– That I care about the Supreme Court protecting the little guy, the one with the least amount of power
– That I care about honoring our contracts, treaties and commitments around the world.
But yeah, I guess it may not affect me personally. I’m not poor, or black, or an immigrant, or Muslim, or pregnant, or abused. And I will die before the planet does.
So I guess it does not affect me personally.
And I also care about respecting the democratic system, and so I will try to respect the decision of the people and hope that this new president will bring peace, kindness and prosperity to the United States.