Next week is Thanksgiving. It is a time when we should pause to take stock of all that is good in our lives and be thankful. I know I am thankful for all the good things in my life including friends and family, blood or choosen. However, this year's presidential election it is not without a certain level of angst.
Dysfunction - The mass reaction has lead to many people not being able to effectively do their jobs or live their lives. The outcome of this election will affect our lives. However, it will be a long time before there is any real change if any at all. Most of us are still doing the same shit everyday that we did before the election, and likely before the presidential race started. From the Game of Thrones: "The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace." Really, does anything else matter to use little people.
Discord - There have been all out feuds in families. Friends have stopped talking to friends. One woman even packed her eight year old's things in a suitcase and kicked the kid out over a mock election at school. It has been a bit like the civil war without cannons, muskets or bayonets. And please don't get any ideas. But just to be sure, be extra selective about who wields the carving knife this year.
Polar - That is polar as in opposite of character or the North and South Poles. People have been shrilly shouting at the opposition and no one seemly hears or cares what the other side has to say. One side pushing and shoving the other further and further away to the point that they may as well live at opposite ends of the world.
Politics - No matter who you voted for, the election itself was like the climax from some cheap B horror flick featuring gruesome, snarling monsters snapping at each other. Honestly, it may as well be a cheap movie. Most politicians are so disingenuous that they might be eligible for an Academy Award if it were the political stage were a movie set.
We need to reclaim our sanity, or what passed as sanity previously. We need to work together. Name calling and crying accomplishes nothing. Ask yourselves, is it worth alienating those close to you based on the results of one election?