First, I watched a video of a couple who built an earth-ship home mostly from recycled tires, bottles and cans. It is beautiful, off-the-grid, earth-friendly and 100% self-sufficient. It relates to the election, in the end.
Then, I watched Woody Harrelson talk about the power of consumers to change the ways of big business. It makes sense. How many, though, will change habits and lifestyle? It may require an awakening of unprecedented proportions.
Next, since I had never heard Donald Trump talk, I watched edited video of interviews with him over many years. It was designed to portray him favorably and demonstrate his consistency. Still, it helped me understand how people who don't want to look more deeply and see the whole picture could vote for Trump.
Then I watched a Bernie Sanders interview, which led me to video of hearings with the FBI director. Then I read an article which quotes whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as saying,
'We should be cautious about putting too much faith or fear into elected officials,' said Snowden. 'At the end of the day, this is just a president.'
The article goes on to say,
"... He said if people want to change the world, they should look to themselves instead of putting their hopes or fears in a single person. 'This can only be the work of the people,' Snowden said. 'If we want to have a better world we can’t hope for an Obama, and we should not fear a Donald Trump, rather we should build it ourselves.'
"The crowd erupted in applause following Snowden’s monologue.
"Snowden makes a great point, and I found his choice of words interesting.
"He says people are putting too much 'faith' in politicians. Faith. It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that people increasingly treat politics as a religion and political leaders like gods or demigods. Modern man looks to political leaders for hope and sustenance, and often blames them (in their hearts, if not in words) for their pain and misfortune.
"Would America not be a better place if people more often looked inward instead of putting their hopes and fears in some distant leader? Would we not be better people if we did so?"
The exercise of watching videos, guided by intuition, gave me a more balanced view — which can inform my actions and choices ahead. I won't engage in collective emotional reactions. Energies of anger, bitterness or sadness only feed the problem, weaken the individual and disturb the collective. To create a better world, what is called for is equanimity, perseverance, resolute will and compassion.
The Snowden article's conclusion bears repeating, 'Would America not be a better place if people more often looked inward instead of putting their hopes and fears in some distant leader? Would we not be better people if we did so?'
During the election campaign, I often passed a 'compound' with a Hummer, BMW and other vehicles in the front yard displaying Trump stickers. The Bimmer has a personalized license plate, 'Mo Moola.'
Without criticism or judgment towards Trump supporters, when people live a light footprint lifestyle such as the couple in their self-sustaining earth-ship, and are more responsible consumers as Woody advocates, there will be less concern about jobs and the economy, which helped to elect Trump without thought for other values. That will only happen, I estimate, with an awakening.
The election results reveal an aspect of America that was seething underneath. Now it is out in the open more than before. That is a positive. One scenario is that this will activate some people to counter-balance closed, rigid minds with the higher qualities of humanity. Another positive.
Michael Bartura commented on Quora, The change that is required is no longer wishful thinking. In the coming 50 years we will need to subscribe to inclusivity as a survival technique not a hippie dream. I have no doubt that within two generations, this nonsense of ‘what is your color or religion’ will be dwarfed by the reality of an interconnected world like we have never seen before. Everyone will be different shades of brown (and beautiful), and no one will care anymore. That is the world I choose to create. Trump’s win can be a catalyst in the end.
Most likely it will be the few who make the difference. As Margaret Mead said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’