"It’s the time to buckle down and work positively as much as you can,” she says. “Just think, ‘All right, there’s nothing I can do about that right now. But I can do my best in my little circle. So if I do that, maybe you’ll do your best and we’ll get through this." Actress Betty White, in an interview with Katy Couric, talking about division in the United States and staying positive.
There has been so much hate flying around on Facebook this last year or so. I came so close to blocking people (I did block someone whose posts were non stop hate. I don't block people just because they don't support my candidate) I knew for years. I knew most of the people venting (on both sides) were decent, hardworking people. I also knew that many of them were scared. But it just got to be too much for me to read.
A reader of my blog recommended that I just "scroll on by", and that has kept my sanity.
Now, on the eve of the inauguration of the new President, many are pausing to consider what the future may be holding, for better or for worse. What kind of world?
I don't mean the Trump-Inauguration-As-Twilight Zone-Episode article appearing in a Scottish newspaper.
Or the internet meme started over a comment by Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos in a discussion about if firearms had any place in schools.
(For the benefit of my readers outside the United States, yes, there are places where students must be protected against wildlife. Grizzlies are no joke.)
No, this world: A world, for example, where Jewish community centers all over the country are being targeted by bomb scares.
Or a man accused of harassing a black family is said to have quite an arsenal in his house (and, by the way, his elderly parents were living in that same house.)
Hate crimes in general are on the increase.
But others are happy that their voices are being heard - voices they feel have been ignored by people on both coasts of our country.
Division, with no unity in sight.
Recently, I have pondered my future actions, and what I will do on January 20, and thereafter. I fear, based on how history has gone before, that the divisions in our country are only going to get worse. Love will not trump hate.
Will I be able to work in my own little circle? Will I choose right? And will it make a difference?
Day 19 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.