I’ll be honest.
I’m angry. And confused. Disenfranchised. Afraid. Curious. There is such a mix of emotions in me that I have not felt in a long time. It was probably the biggest shock I have received in my life and I am still in disbelief.
How could Trump be our next President?
I think I may know why …
People voted for him.
My friends voted for him.
My parents voted for him.
My brother voted for him.
Despite all this, my brain is a mush of poo. I am utterly speechless. And because of that, I am going to say something.
I am angry because Trump’s win signifies a championing of ignorance. I am confused because I know so many good, reasonable people that voted for him or a third party. I am disenfranchised because this election seems to have given America the “best” it could. I am afraid because I know that the “best” is so pathetically unqualified. And I am curious as to what is going to happen next. Nevertheless, this only brushes the surface of what is going on inside my head right now …
One emotion that I am struggling admitting to is excitement. Please bear with me. At first I thought it was some sort of sadistic fascination with today’s results. A soul’s attempted sardonic smile in the face of eternal damnation. But then I came to realize that we are living in a novel age where greater awareness can lead to purification. This does not have to be hell, but rather a purgatory. Look around you. Find the institutions that you fear most and join them. Change them. Embody them. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The only way we can change things is to become them. Let me be more specific. If you hate politics, then maybe you should become a politician. If you distrust the police, then become a police officer. If you don’t like our education system, then become a teacher. If healthcare is an issue for you, become a doctor, nurse, or insurance policy CEO. If you think your boss is a joke, then work to take over his position. I’m serious. Freaking do it. Our country needs you. Work tirelessly and specifically for a better tomorrow. In order to secede we need to succeed.
So let all the good people rise. If you think you can do better, then get up and do it. Talk is cheap. Running away is easy. Stay and fight the good fight. Please. America needs you. Otherwise, all the wrong people are going to take up the opportunities you left behind on your way out.