NOTE (added Jan. 23, 2017): I feel that to fully do justice to the ideas in this post with all the context they deserve, nothing shorter than a book-length argument would do. However, I’m not famous and no one would be willing to read a whole book on this topic by a no-name writer. And so as imperfect and insufficient as this humble post may be, I offer it nonetheless.
It is just a little over a day after the 2016 election. I am writing this post, even though very few will see it, because amidst all the post-election noise and aggression, despite all the opinions people are expressing, I don’t see the ideas I’m about to share in this post being expressed very often. I am almost certain that some will misunderstand my message and/or intent. Knowing this in advance already hurts. But so be it. I can only hope my communicative skills are up to the task of expressing a nuanced and complex opinion in an age in which nuance and complexity seem to be all but dead in public discourse. Whatever your politics, just remember: I come to you with my hands raised, arms outstretched. I ask nothing more than that you listen and give me the benefit of the doubt that I am trying my best here, the same way I would listen to you and give you the benefit of the doubt.
Before I go on I’d like to just state a few things upfront to try to avoid, if possible, what might be common misunderstandings of what I’m about to say: Continue reading “The power of compassion in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. election”