A week after the results were announced to the world that Donald J. Trump won the electoral college the United States is still in shambles, and our counterparts across the world are just as emotionally polarized about it as we are. Nothing is more frustrating than being on the opposite end of abuse, and that is the state of America we live in…for the time being.
If you were rooting for HIllary, you may be spinning from the knowledge that…we’re headed forward into a Trump Presidency. You may have jumped on board for a petition to get the electoral college to change their vote come 19 December 2016, joined a protest in the streets or taken to the keyboard on twitter and Facebook to express your anguish.
If you were rooting for Trump, you are probably in a mixed state of elatedness and feeling a bit disturbed. You might be angry at the people on the “Hillary Camp” lashing out at you for voting against them. You might experience a sense of vindication or relief now looking at what is going on in various cities across the United States.
Some of you are simply hurt that anyone would make sweeping statements about everyone on whichever side you backed.
And then you have the very few of us that backed one, and are hurt by what they see from both sides. Honestly, that’s where a Jedi should be. If the Jedi Path means anything to an individual that claims to be of the Jedi Community, then they would look at what this election has done to everyone around them and not let the candidate they backed define their emotions towards either party.
The majority of you, backed Hillary Rodham Clinton. A few of you backed Donald John Trump (yes, that’s what the “J” stands for, learned that from Nickelodeon!). Very few of you backed a third party. And it’s probably you 3rd party people that are sitting back laughing at the whole lot. Which is fine, you didn’t contribute to the chaos, regardless of what anyone has to say.
Chaos, yet Harmony
What a line. Jedi need to step outside of the chaos and look for ways to bring about harmony. It’s not going to be easy. People have done what they can to poke holes into the “You backed a Rapist” and “You backed a Criminal” since the election got really heated. But here’s where a Jedi looks to another line for answers on how to cultivate harmony-
Ignorance, yet Knowledge
The reality is, if you step back from everything- this problem isn’t about HRC or DJT. The media helped play these ideas up that one candidate was better than the other- and I’m not just talking about the Mainstream Media (commonly abbreviated to MSM), I’m also referring to polarized outlets that people ran to when the MSM showed they weren’t going to cover anything with a degree of fairness. Occupy Democrats, RedState Watcher, Huffington Post and Breitbart News, just to name a few.
The truth is, these groups wouldn’t even be important to us if it were not for problems that existed long before this election began. Things that existed before Black Lives Matter was a thought in the minds of it’s founders, but erupted like a volcano after the Michael Brown shooting. These pre-existing cultural (race, sexuality, religion, etc) tensions are the root of our problem, and an excuse was to be found in the people that might one day become the leaders of the United States: Hillary and/or Trump.
Abroad, these stories circulated, and cultures banded together. Although America is considered the free world, this isn’t about who runs the free world (well..perhaps to the leaders of every other country, but not to the average person)- it became an election that would define the very human rights that America represents. It’s no longer about LGBT rights in America, it’s about LGBT rights. No longer about American Black rights, it’s about Black rights. Not about Muslim rights in America, it’s about Muslim rights. This whole election has been turned into a platform to further world rights in various minority communities. In order to move forward, this understanding needs to be at the center of a Jedi’s forward action to the future.
Emotion, yet Peace
Knowledge alone cannot help us move forward. We must confront our emotions with this knowledge. Which side are you on? The question is not easy. To understand the side you are on, you must recognize that your side is no more important that someone else’s.
Many on the right voted based on a belief that law is necessary for good society to function. They wanted to protect a minority defined by choice, rather than something one cannot change about themselves. These minorities are people of the groups such as Military, Law Enforcement and Emergency Responders. Some on the right voted based on a belief that Trump had a stronger platform to improve the economy, rather than place any sort of emphasis on social special interests, and in the realm of improving our relations with foreign powers.
Many on the left voted based on a belief that society was in more need of assistance. That the various cultures based on things they cannot change about themselves was necessary to improve their state of life. Examples of these minorities are people of color, LBGT+ and women. Some on the left voted based on a belief that Hillary had a stronger platform to deal with foreign powers abroad as they decimate cultures that are in desperate need of assistance and that Hillary represented a focus on helping break glass ceilings.
Understanding this, and moving outside of the realm that anyone sought to “normalize” criminal activity (HIllary) or bigotry (Trump) is the first step to overcoming hatred for the supporters opposite of whatever candidate you voted on.
Understanding this, and moving outside of the realm that either side is defined by Hillary or Trump is the first step in overcoming our fear for the future. Because both sides now have something to fear from the other side if we fall prey to the rhetoric.
Death, yet the Force
The death card in Tarot symbolizes change and transformation. A Jedi must find their role and adapt to the circumstances that shape the immediate world around them. We must cultivate an atmosphere that inspires others to break free of chaos and move in harmony to a better world.
Passion, yet Serenity
We should seek to use our passion to aide others to help all find serenity. To break out of the shell of condemning each other. Helping people on both sides recognize that by calling each other names or lashing out at one another is only making things worse. That by doing anything but trying to create a meaningful dialogue which does not call for condemnation of them or yourself, can anything be accomplished.
Here are some tips (mostly geared towards Americans, I can’t speak to other countries, but some of it is relevant where ever you are):
- Stop posting defamatory information about your opposite candidate.
- Stop listening to what the media (all of it, right-wing, left-wing, centrists, MSM, all of it) has to say about what is going on and focus on whatever special interest group you are in favor of.
- Express your fears without using bait words like “illegal”, “Muslim”, “racist” or “misogynist”.
- Research your rights and seek out solutions to the problem of ensuring your rights are protected. An example: if you’re a woman, don’t let the media tell you that the law does not protect you against the wage gap. But take a deeper look at what loopholes your employer might be able to exploit in order to pay you less.
- Join or form a group that helps and work for people in your special interest group.
- Support lobbyists for your special interest group, they are the ones that help push legislation through Congress.
- Without insulting or vilifying those in opposition to you, consider an ironclad argument that forces them to recognize they are not in control of your life. An example: Christians often speak to death of homosexuals because it’s an abomination to God. A member of the LBGT community can come up with a number of arguments, but the one that tends to be the most potent in my own arsenal is that converting to Christianity based on a fear that one’s lifestyle is abhorrent to the deity they follow is not sincere worship- and as such it would be the highest form of disrespect to said deity. But if a member of the LGBT is given an entire lifetime for God to reach out to them, there will always be hope that one day God will turn them from their lifestyle. As Christians, it is not our job to condemn them for their lifestyles, but rather to open up opportunities for God to speak to them- for God is the ultimate Judge, and not man. Christ gave individuals the chance to live a Godly life despite being surrounded by those that do not follow Christianity, and it was only through that lifestyle that anyone opened up to his message via himself or his disciples. So to, must Christians follow that example if we love God. (okay, so this point was a LOT longer than I intended, but I don’t get enough chances to give this view, so I’m going to take my golden opportunity! 😉 XD! )
- And finally: Protest. But protest when you are not so angry that you want to punch something- that sort of emotional state could lead you to doing things you regret later. But DO protest when you can. It helps demonstrate support for your cause.
Let your emotion tell you what is wrong, let your ignorance indicate you need to seek knowledge to bring about a sense of peace of mind.
Recognize the chaos around you and seek out guidance with the Force to transform it into harmony.
Let your passion bring about serenity around you.