There really is no way to begin this post other than to acknowledge that I’ve been off the grid since the day my country voted that man into office. You know the one I’m referring to.
Since then it’s been an exhausting roller coaster of emotions each day – shock, horror, fury, confusion, helplessness.
After starting and stopping this post every couple of days since the election, I realized the reason I could not get through it was because there was simply too much that I needed to say, that we all need to say, to feel, to express. It was just too much to expect that one tiny blog post could adequately embody it all.
And, there’s an even bigger issue. It’s that sinking feeling that the more we talk, the more we feel, the more we express, the more we fight back, the more we are walking right into his trap.
The man is a raging narcissist. His entire existence in recent years has been about saying and doing whatever it takes to get his face plastered all over social media and the news.
And how are we reacting to his stunning win? By talking about every damn thing he does. And, how is he rewarding us for this much-sought-after attention? By giving us even more to talk about every damn day. The more we express our horror/ frustration/ outrage, the more misery and fear he happily dishes out.
So, what do we do? How do we stand up for the good in this world – whether it be fighting to save this planet, or civil rights, or even our fucking sanity – without fighting the man himself and in the process giving him all the sick gratification he is so desperately seeking?
I just don’t have a good enough answer, and I so wish I did.
I do believe that we need to stop reacting to him, stop re-tweeting him, stop indulging his whims and his tantrums. I think we need to send this bratty man-boy to sit in the corner for a timeout just like we would a petulant child, and I think we need to do it NOW. Our country and our very lives may depend on it.