The Real World

In the few days since America inexplicably elected a frequently bankrupt sexual abuser and racist blowhard as their new President, I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t want to live in his world, or the world of his alt-right crybaby trolls.

I understand why you’re saying this, I do. I don’t want to belittle your pain, or the problems to come. But let me put it to you that we don’t live in his world. No matter how much he yells and stamps his feet, he still lives in ours.

Because no matter what he says, the facts of human existence have not changed. Women are the equals of men. Black lives do matter. Latinx are as much a part of America as any other race. Sexual assault is wrong. LGBT+ people are as valuable and as “normal” as anyone else. Those are facts, and no amount of speeches, laws and publicity stunts can change that.  And every time he does something that denies those facts, he isn’t changing the world – he’s simply lying about the nature of reality.

Those lies will, of course, cause cause terrible suffering for those that they are turned against. Lies tend to do that. And it’s all of our duties to mitigate that suffering in any way that we can.

But like the cult leader who insists that a UFO is about to descend and ferry the faithful to paradise, he’s living in a fantasy world. The “Great Again” America that he and his followers are looking to create is a bubble of delusions, and eventually it will burst, and everyone will have to face up to the lies he told them, and they told themselves.

There are hard times ahead for the world. That bubble may yet expand far beyond America. But those of us who can see the world as it is still have that much to cling to. Human lives still have the value they have always had, and a single act of kindness, however small, is more valuable than all the political posturing and hatred he can muster.

It’s our world, not his. Let’s live like we believe that.

 

 

 

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5 comments on “The Real World

  1. petexa says:

    If it gets bad enough, I’ll just write myself into one of my own stories, and vanish!

  2. Thank you for writing this. I totally agree with you

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  3. debraj11 says:

    Reblogged this on debraj11 and commented:
    We need voices like Debbie Moon more than ever.

  4. Vivi says:

    Thank you. Its been a rough week needless to say and I am trying to think ahead to the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections and do what I can to help organizations and people in need. Appreciate the sentiment.

  5. Foster says:

    hello. I am a kid that lives in America. He is a bad person and when the new year comes he will be president. I don’t know what will happen. To be honest I’m scared of him, he doesn’t control us. He doesn’t rule us. Yea he’s the president, but he cant stop us from being who we are. I totally agree with you guys. Think about it within two days of him being elected there were multiple riots across my country, my home. Thank god that a kid my age cant even vote for him at all. I agree with all of you. Now have a good night.

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