A few days after the US election, I re-activated my long-dormant Facebook account. My recent entry into midlife created a desire to re-connect with people. I also had a sense of curiosity: How are people from the different eras of my life reacting to this unpresidented [sic] election?
According to the newsfeed on the Book of Faces: Sharply Divided.
Nuance and shades of grey must reside in lurkers like myself, and are never shown. But there are shades of orange. My whole feed is full of them.
Some are gloating, some terrified, but facebook dutifully sucks up and distributes countless images of a certain thin, saggy orange peel countenance, and puts them in front of millions of people, who, apparently, can’t get enough.
So here’s to the Fifty Shades of Orange! This particular mass of off-color cells are rapidly becoming etched into our collective unconscious, and part of our history, whether we like it, or not.
Quantum physics is forcing us to rethink our understanding of the nature of reality:
The central lesson of quantum physics is clear: There are no public objects sitting out there in some preexisting space. As the physicist John Wheeler put it, “Useful as it is under ordinary circumstances to say that the world exists ‘out there’ independent of us, that view can no longer be upheld.”
An offering of solace and understanding
First, read these words by Jack Kornfield.
When times are uncertain, difficult, fearful, full of change,
they become the perfect place to deepen the practice of awakening.
After viewing the elections….whatever your point of view,
Take time to quiet the mind and tend to the heart.
Then go out and look at the sky.
Remember vastness, there are seasons to all things,
gain and loss, praise and blame, expansion and contraction.
Learn from the trees.
Practice equanimity and steadiness.
Then try to understand what happened.
How did a demagogue get elected president?
The DNC suppressed their own populist candidate because he wanted to upset their power structure. The working class, who have been getting the shaft for over 30 years, had nobody else to turn to.
Also, the US is full of guys like this: