All of the political chaos of the past week and past twelve months has been truly exhausting. I am honestly not incredibly interested in politics in the news, publications, and media senses, but no matter how much I struggle to avoid it, politics does have a significant impact on our local lives and global thoughts. It just didn’t feel right to have a post this week that didn’t address what occurred Tuesday. But I’ve been struggling to wrap my mind around the enormity of it all and distill it into a brief, easily consumable blog post. If that feat is possible, it would take a far defter writer than me to accomplish. So I’m going to take an easy way out.
The video embedded below is worth watching. It takes a thirty thousand foot view of the wild sociopolitical swings that have occurred in Western democracies this year. While being wonderfully descriptive, it is also necessarily prescriptive. And the punchline is fortunately pretty simple. Empathy. Regardless of your own personal position on political issues, it is important to remember that we are all more similar than we are different. Considering the divisiveness of politics multiplied by its polarizing partisan media channels compounded by the caricature representation in each party this year, its not hard to see how we’ve grown to focus so powerfully on all of our differences. Now that we’ve got some time to take a step back, breathe, and allow the smoke to clear, lets all try to make conscious efforts to be more inclusive and empathetic in the coming months and years. It isn’t hard to do.