I went to bed and woke up with some despair and heaviness in my heart - not just as I reflected on how we got here and the outcome of the election, but more so, from the slanderous remarks and deeply negative responses of people. So I wrote this just to process what I was thinking and feeling. Feel free to read!
Dear world, I hope that we can be bold and courageous enough to choose to respond to the things we face in this life with an unwavering hope - especially as we anticipate the future of our country (maybe with varying degrees of fear, worry, and anxiety). Whatever outcome we've each hoped for in this election, let our hope not diminish, but instead, grow even stronger and steadily by unity and with strength. Let's continue to pursue hope in the good things we believe in - liberty, life, justice, peace, love. It's not easy to hope for things not yet fully seen and realized, but we desperately NEED hope as our fuel to act and believe in the fulfillment of what we dream to see for a better future. It's ironic that there are so many contradictions to what principles America was founded on, so now it shows how much more we need to pray for our country, our world, and the generation that will follow ours. Let's not cast all our hope or doubts on one president and election, nor be quick to slander criticisms against others and even the leaders we might not believe in, but instead invest our hope in a relentless pursuit to see a better system, a better future, greater leaders, and restoration for our nation. Our votes have divided us and in doing so, we have fallen trap to the ugly pride of our individual ideologies and theologies. Disunity paralyzes us as nation. It will be hard to respect a man of such obnoxious arrogance, ignorance and inappropriateness as the leader of our country. But nevertheless, I hope and I pray with all my heart that Mr T can own up to this huge responsibility with a new conviction, humility, and divine wisdom. Sincerely praying for you, Mr. Trump.
Our vote is valuable but now, our future depends on our hope, unity, voice, and prayers. Just as deception, distrust, and disappointment have manifested itself into disunity, despair, and doubt, how much more can we believe for hope, love, and light to manifest to life, unity and restoration? Will we continue to respond with pessimism, criticism, doubt or begin to steward the hope we've deeply longed to see fulfilled ? Let's move in the spirit of hope and unity.
In 1931, James Truslow Adams defined the American dream as something like this: "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." The American dream promises this opportunity and hope, rooted in the declaration of independence which proclaims that "all men are equal" and uphold the right to pursue "life, liberty, and happiness." Although we were founded upon this hopeful ideology, it hasn't been evidenced in our government, religious institutions, weakened economy, cultural division, perpetual racism and ignorance, fear, oppression, ethnocentricism, marginalization, and political agendas that this dream has not been entirely true. Our freedom, our life, our liberty no longer have the same value when we forfeit hope.
It's difficult for us to be a unified and hopeful nation again when there is so much division caused by corrupt agendas - religious, political, economic. Unless we lay down our religious, personal, political pride, false patriotism, ignorance, and ugly cycles of egotism, America - our dreams will remain crippled by the false confidence we have in our church's, government, leaders, and economy. It used to give us pride to have a leader that reflects our nation's founding principles and represent what the people believe in, but this election truly reflects, not just our leaders - but our people, the ones who voted for our leaders. Instead of scapegoating our leaders, maybe it's time to expose the attitudes of those have been misled by false ideology, fear, ignorance, and influenced by a corrupt agenda. T - is the face of America. It's time for a new dream, America, not just a face lift. Not a promise that our government may continue to break, but a dream that we as the people fight to see individually and collectively - for justice, unity, life and liberty. During a time like this, it's so important not to lose hope. For all those great activists and reformers that have given their lives for change - will we stand in the gap to take back what is slowly being stolen from us and continue to believe and act, not just for an Ok or "better America," but for a better world? "A Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. " (Abraham Lincoln)
"WE MUST ACCEPT FINITE DISAPPOINTMENT, BUT NEVER LOSE INFINITE HOPE." - Martin Luther King Jr.