Do we have a democracy? Beats me. Whatever the heck democracy really means needs reconsideration in and of itself. That question can be addressed in later posts. For purposes of this discussion let’s assume we do.
During the 2016 election campaign anxiety levels shot up! Family arguments exhausted themselves and friendships bit the dust.
The upside? Millions of people educated themselves as never before. Copies of the U.S. Constitution sold out.
The downside? Millions of folks came to see that much of what they thought they knew, simply wasn’t true. Millions of people found themselves under-educated, mis-educated and sold more than one ‘bill of goods.’
Sleeplessness, confusion, fear and isolation became all too common. Folks discovered, as they blustered, that they couldn’t make a logical argument for their own positions, a humbling experience.
Beware of sellers of snake oil. Your symptoms are not mental illness. You do not need a pill to calm yourself. Embrace the ‘craziness.’ Breakdowns can and do become breakthroughs.
How do we pick ourselves up from the ground on which we find ourselves? First I suggest one little thing; buy yourself copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation (my personal favorite,) the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (note the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are not one and the same.) They’re relatively cheap. If means permit, buy 10 copies and scatter them about, in waiting rooms, on bus benches, etc.
Read, take walks and, think folks. That is what we need to do to recover and regain balance. Your sleeplessness, fear, confusion and isolation will self correct in time. Your ability to formulate your own position on issues will present itself. The catch? Don’t catch hold of that position too hard as we are all now flooded with new information that forces us to continually revise our positions.
Virtually all of us will feel stupid, uninformed and ill equipped as a deluge of previously obfuscated information comes to light, as we stumble upon yet another author that makes a good case for something we thought we would never believe. Now, our self-directed education can take flight.
Stay Sane and stay tuned. These are indeed crazy making times.