I’ve been resisting the urge to comment about the result of the US Presidential elections but I have had many discussions with friends, colleagues and even interacting with other bloggers and feel that the only thing I will say is that I’m deeply disappointed by human nature as a whole. I had a heavy feeling in my chest the day of the elections and after the result was announced. It may feel as though equality that has been fought for by so many over the years has been cut down at the knees. In reality, I feel that it is all the more important to keep fighting for equality, justice, compassion, empathy and understanding for all. I am aware that this is only my opinion and may be contrary to yours or others but I feel we should be able to ‘agree to disagree’ and still be united when looking at the bigger picture.
When someone who displays their dislike for someone else who doesn’t like them or doesn’t agree with them but is still voted for a leadership position – I feel the message that portrays makes this decision difficult to process. I feel that it shows America was not ready to be led by a woman – it shows that when a strong woman shows her ambition, that it is still unacceptable. There is a misconception that women are supposed to be the nurturers, homemakers and have a softer nature, be more compliant. This may be true for some, but not all. How does this message align with how we are advising our daughters, sisters, mothers, wives, partners and friends that women can break the glass ceiling? How does the result of this election show that there has been any significant progress for women or any minority?
I feel it means that we need to remain unifed in fighting for women’s rights, minorities based on gender, race, religion or LGBTQI because many people do not realise what it is like until it affects them personally. I am a female of Asian descent and have felt the brush of discrimination many times, more than I’d care to remember. We don’t have a Delorean to go back into the past in order to change the future – what we CAN do is educate our children, the next generation in the values and behaviours we would like to see in our next leaders. I hope that is something we can be unified to accomplish. I feel that it is important what we choose to do next – what our actions portray post this election. What message/ example would we like to convey?
I’ll leave with a few articles I have read which highlight differing perspectives on the US presidential election. These articles are only a handful and there are many more you can peruse in your own leisure. I hope they provoke discussion, awareness and thought. The last article I feel shows the class of the current US President and perhaps a ray of hope for Trump? Continue to Laugh, Love, Live – Peace and blessings.