However, as we know, running and/or hiding will solve nothing.
Instead, we must continue to stand up for the things we believe in–but this happens by examining ourselves and what truly motivates us. If standing with your political party is the most important thing to you, that’s not living an examined life. An examined life is one where we constantly look at ourselves, the world around us, and are open to our views changing–despite the inevitable pain that does come with change of self.
2.5 years ago I started on a hard path of critically analyzing my worldview–and I found it severely lacking. I didn’t want to immediately assume the worst of people, but by giving them the benefit of the doubt, I was assuming the people they were oppressing were wrong, and right to be treated as such. I would be lying if I said I never struggle against my old self, but I am much more in tune with the realities that circle around us and the wrongful actions that take place against people who are the “wrong” color.
Similarly, I see a huge group of people who feel unjustly treated and ignored–and as a result have voted a scary and ill-equipped individual into office. Part of self-examination is seeing that although you may be right, pushing people aside who hold a different view is not the way to make long-term progress.
Alas, we find ourselves frustrated with the state of affairs in our country, angry that people we thought held similar views have voted for someone who is either enveloped in scandal or…enveloped in scandal (and a misogynist, xenophobe, etc.), and feeling pretty helpless to do much.
However, let me encourage you: if you are not happy with the way things currently sit, look for a protest you can join to let your voice be heard.