The US presidential election was a horrible result for those of us who are inspired by working together to create vibrant communities and create a sustainable, peaceful world. It’s ok to be scared of what policy will come. But we need to overcome that fear, and I think the best way for me to do this will be with action.
If the government reduces social services or inhibits sustainability actions we can and must pick up the slack. There are great non-profits and grassroots groups that are already working on these issues. We can contribute more to these groups; we can start our own groups; we can initiate community work. I know, at the very least, I will be volunteering more.
If a talking head riles up a group of people because spurring division and throwing out insults boosts his or her ego, let’s come and work together on something that will benefit us all. Even working together on a small community project, like planting flowers at a school, creates discussion and great feeling between all of us.
If we see justice and rights being infringed on we must bring awareness to it. Information exchange is incredibly easy, but we can’t let the important stuff get lost. Celebrity marriages don’t affect most of us, but the Standing Rock water protectors are being harassed for ensuring we all have clean water and land. Let’s share important information we find that is real and actually affects our lives or the lives of others. Then we have to speak up and tell our policymakers we don’t like it. And, we have to keep telling them. And then remind them again.
If people voted because they felt disenfranchised or think the world is passing them by, it is not time to shout at them or blame them; let’s talk to them; let’s explain how real knowledge and understanding is needed, and we need to consider how talk and actions affect more than ourselves. When we think of others and think on a global level we will all realize that this is not the world of our childhood; it is better! It is better because more and more people are working together to improve the world and raise awareness the important issues. It is better because there are innovative technologies and methods available so that we can live in a completely sustainable world. It is better because now we all have great opportunity to live happy, enriched lives.
I know I am not the only who believes that action is better than fear; the peaceful protests on Wednesday have shown this. I know some of my thoughts are pie in the sky idealism, but we have to dream, and we have to do!