Friday, January 13, 2017

How to keep smiling in this world.

This is going to be a long sentence.

So, yesterday, one of my oldest friends, the one I've known since the 4th grade, who I visit whenever she's in town because we're quite literally the only ones we still talk to from high school,even get messages from her mother every now and then, and who is also white, Jewish, and a Native American, shared this post from a young right-wing guy saying the things right-wing people say. You know, how the leftist media calls everything they don't want to hear hate speech, and that Obama is an elitist liar who hangs out with celebrities and did nothing for this country, etc. etc. etc.

I'm at a loss for words, 1) because she actually likes this person's page and 2) because she thinks he had great points in the video he posted. The points, also, being how this latest scandal was brought to the surface at the 11th hour in an attempt to derail the inauguration (though, hm, that's funny, because I remember an article about e-mails coming up at the 11th hour before the election, and they weren't even hers, but the word "e-mails" was there, so...).

I'm digressing because I don't see how people are falling for this man who is about to be our president, saying everything negative about others when he's really talking about himself. At this point, I feel like they are just ignoring it all because they didn't want a black president, and they definitely didn't want a woman president who worked with the black one.

But no one's going to say that.

But back to my point, my friend. Like, I just want to say, "Do you really believe that?" She's always been an interesting person and someone I believe would always think clearly and see through the mess, but now I'm so confused. I mean, I have other friends, but we're talking over 20 years of friendship now.

I'm not throwing that away, so I do need to know how to keep smiling in this world in which people are more polarized than ever, where there are people that no matter what I do, I'm nothing to them, not even a person, where friends are supporting parties and people that feel the same way. If you agree with them, what do you really think about me?

People are about to lose healthcare. Countries are creating laws to ban Muslim women from wearing their religiously regulated clothing. People are being told to leave "our country" if they don't like what's happening like it only belongs to the people who are happy with the horrible choices being made. Every single day I look at the people around me and wonder how they voted and why, if they chose to ignore all the negative and the evidence-based scandal in exchange for a way to take back the government (as though that is really about to happen).

I'm constantly thinking about these things, so I'm smiling a lot less now.

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