Fifty Shades of Orange

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.

 

 

Post-Erection Reading Wrist

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.

Compassion
Artwork by Carrie Marill

Then try to under­stand what hap­pened.

How did a demagogue get elected president?

The work­ing class was aban­doned by the DNC long ago. They are a par­ty of self-serv­ing neo-lib­er­als, who cater to the mas­ters of mankind.

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:

trump-supporter


Compassion.


 

Happy Blackout Day

We are what we repeat­ed­ly do. Excellence, there­fore, is not an act but a habit.
~ Aristotle

Hey friends. Wikipedia’s down. Reddit’s down. A slew of oth­er sites are down. You know why, and you know what to do about it.

But, think about the big­ger pic­ture. Why are we fight­ing tooth-and-nail again­st bills that should have nev­er got­ten this far? We all know the answer to that ques­tion.

Voting them out won’t solve any­thing. Those who are in: they’re gold­en. Go ahead, vote them out. That’s prob­a­bly their plan. They keep their health insur­ance for life. Their careers as lob­by­ists and con­sul­tants are set. They have big­ger fish to fry; big­ger yachts to buy.

And there are plen­ty of tools, just like them, itch­ing to slith­er their way onto the gravy-train of oppres­sion.

Election reform is the only solu­tion. Shrugging my shoul­ders and click­ing around the Internet isn’t going to help now, is it?

What can I do? What can we do?

We all know the answer to that as well.

Peace,

J