I think this country has been traumatized because too many people on each side have been seeing our country in black and white, no grays. Any one who writes or speaks publicly knows that hyperbole gets attention. It came from both sides. It’s divisive.
To the extent we can share our stories and their nuances, I think we will see more grays. I’ve tried to look back at the pain and joy I could share in my memoirs. You might find them comforting. Hope all goes well on your journey.
H. Rubin, author of Look Backward Angel, an e-book available on Amazon.
Since election night, I’ve been waiting for my leadership–any leadership: in my workplace, in my church, in my political party–to say something. They haven’t. Not the something I’ve been waiting for. I’ve heard many calls for unity, for “moving toward one another,” even for action. Many leaders have implored us to enact love and respect, to begin the process of reconciliation we’ll need to recover from the divisiveness of the election.
The problem with that message, for me, and for many others, I think, is simple psychology: trauma. This election is different from other ones, and many of my friends feel trauma more than disappointment or anger. We can see this difference playing out in the number of people seeking therapists, calling in sick, and in our schools where our children imitate us in a sick micro-performance as detailed in yesterday’s Sunday Times. My husband and I work in schools…
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