It takes courage to let go of old ideas. It takes humility to remain teachable, to strive for progress. After yesterday’s mid term elections, it’s more clear to me than ever that the older generations who have been in power for so long in this country (mostly older white males) are having a real hard time letting go.
When people live in fear of not getting what they want or losing what they have, they make decisions based on that fear. A fear that the conservative leaders in our country are fueling and preying on with their racist, nationalist rhetoric.
And let’s be honest here, white males have ALWAYS had the most power in this country, that’s a fucking fact. So they have the most to lose. Of course they’re afraid. Of course they’re going to make decisions based on fear. Of course they’re going to do whatever it takes to keep their power in place. And for the most part, they seem to lack the self awareness required to recognize and understand what they’re even doing. And the same seems true for the 50% of white women following their footsteps. I can’t blame people for their ignorance. People know what they know. I don’t believe that these people are being intentionally malicious, I believe they think they are doing what’s best for themselves and their families, but I believe they are very misguided, mostly by fear, but also by Fox News. And I have the right to believe that. Just as you have the right to disagree.
We made progress yesterday in the elections. But it wasn’t nearly enough. I was born and raised in the progressive Pacific Northwest. I now live in the red state of Idaho and it makes my skin crawl around election time. It makes me want to drop everything and run back to Portland where I can be surrounded by like-minded people who vote for progress and not out of fear. People who vote for the love and respect of our environment and our humanity, not the amount of tax dollars they’ll save. But Idaho needs people like me more than Portland does, so I’ll stay and continue to support and volunteer for the causes and the progress we need for the world to be a better place for everyone.
I’ve said this before, and this is what gives me the most hope…the generations coming up now are growing up in a different world than those baby boomers. Every generation is less racist, less sexist, more loving and accepting, and less fearful than the generation before. Raising two humans for the last 22 years, I have witnessed this. So it is inevitable, INESCAPABLE that as the older generations move on out (sorry baby boomers), and the younger generations move on up, the world will be a more loving, accepting, and less fearful place (even Idaho). Because progress, no matter how slow, is unstoppable. Our world was meant to progress towards a better reality for everyone. I do not and can not believe for one second that the plan for our cosmic universe is for humanity to destroy our habitat and destroy each other. And if we don’t collectively progress past our fear and greed, that’s what happens. And that’s not the fucking plan.
So keep doing what you’re doing my fellow progressives, young AND old, we’re on our way. It’s taking longer than I had hoped for the plan to unfold, but progress is coming and it’s going to be rad.
Also, my mom’s a baby boomer and she says sorry.