A Waking World? #midterms #equality

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As I sit here in the midst of sorting through the aftermath of the midterms elections in the United States, which are still proving to be not very united, my mind is filled with my own polarizing thoughts. Glimmers of light have cropped up across the nation: Massachusetts has appeared to have elected their first woman and openly gay governor, Maryland, their first black man, and Fetterman has defeated Trump’s henchman, Oz in Pennsylvania. Yes, there is hope. Hope that we can continue to step in the direction of equality not just for humanity, but for this larger ecosystem we are all a part.

Last night I had an impromptu dinner with my sister and her children. It was an historic day. Her son, 18, voted in his first election. I am so proud of the younger generations who are making their voices heard. My daughter, who is studying in London this year, crossed the pond to cast her vote early. In the background, the news through NPR is being projected through my kitchen speaker. A few moments ago, a young man was featured. His voice clear and strong, but not without force. Instead, there was the strength of conviction, of confidence, intelligence, and compassion. His is the voice of masculinity balanced by compassion and empathy.

There are so many in the younger generations who are speaking up, and voting, for a better world. A world where all are treated equal, where women’s reproductive rights are basic human rights, where diversity is embraced and the planet, this home we all share, is respected as a living body that is worthy of respect and nurturing. Yes, I am still hopeful, perhaps even more than hopeful, that as we continue on with our lives we will grow a unifying respect for all life, not just for our own personal interest.

I’m still, though, on the fence about Florida. One cannot help but wonder if they really do want to sink into the ocean. They’re certainly heading rapidly in that direction. Some of them may not live long enough to see it, but…

19 thoughts on “A Waking World? #midterms #equality

  1. Hi Alethea, What a well-written, worthy piece, thank you! I’m British, retired in Spain, and watch the general, political scene with much, sometimes wavering, interest. The fact that so many politicians, and others…seem to be greedy beyond reason, without deeper thought about the ever oppressed minority or the needy state of the world, leads me to wonder about their thought processes and consciences. We, of course, must all live in hope. Cheers!

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    1. Oh goodness, I can’t blame you at all for jumping ship. We took a brief vacation there last April and it was a real test of silence for me to keep my mouth shut in the airport waiting area. All sorts of lies being bantered around.

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  2. I am glad you find some hope, Alethea. I have totally and completely withdrawn from our corrupt political system. It’s sad, but I stayed home this go ’round. I honestly don’t know that I”ll ever vote again. I don’t see anyone strong enough to bring about change.

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    1. Oh, that makes me sad, Jan. I’m sorry you feel that way. I’m not sure there’s a perfect candidate out there, but I think there are many who are genuinely trying to do right by the world. Sadly, many of them were defeated, like Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke. Perhaps you could run for office and be one of them? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. There is just no way to defeat the monster, that I can see. If I ever do see that person, they will certainly get my vote, regardless of what party they are affiliated with. I also firmly believe the antiquated two-party system needs revamping. But they won’t do it. It makes me sad too, Alethea. Sad for the younger generations who will have to try and clean up this mess. Hugs!

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    2. You need to start locally. There are many good candidates I find in local primary elections. But not enough people pay attention and vote. You can’t just wait for everyone else to do something. I live in NYC and I can tell you local primaries can make a huge difference. In a smaller location I imagine your influence would only be magnified. As Alethea said, no candidate will be perfect, will never have made mistakes, will agree with you on every issue. But even small differences in the way people talk about other people in our leadership, a decrease in the nastiness factor, would do wonders for the nation’s psychic health.

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