Why did this happen? Simple. He's the price that has to be paid.
Most of us are waking up today wondering if we dreamed it all. Did that really happen? Is that terrible, terrible man really the president elect? Is the guy who openly advocated racism and intolerance in charge now? The same guy who bragged about sexually assaulting women, and called women all kinds of horrible names. This strange orange man who acts like a bully and pretends to care for others when his whole life, his actual life, the things which are incontrovertibly and undeniably true, show that in fact his life has been spent profiting from others, exploiting people, and serving no one and nothing but his strange orange self?
Nope, you didn't dream that, it really happened.
And why? Is it because everyone who voted for him, all the people who believed in him are similarly bad? Are they similarly self interested, and bigoted, and hate-filled?
I don't believe that to be true. Some of those people are bigoted, and racist, and hate-filled, for sure. We've seen that segment of his supporters, and that also cannot be denied.
Mostly, though, I believe the people who supported him were just people.
Mr Orange is just the price that has to be paid. It's that simple.
When we live in a world where the top 1% continue to reap more and more of the economic benefits the rest of us have produced, someone has to pay for that. When the majority finally taste the bitterness of being forgotten and pushed aside, then someone has to pay for that. When we lose faith in the people we have entrusted to run all of this on our behalf, then someone has to pay for that. When we feel like hope is being stolen from us, and our kids, then someone has to pay for that. When we prize conflict and outrage over debate and conversation, then someone has to pay for that.
When all of us feel like the game is rigged - really rigged, deeply, profoundly, and intractably rigged - then someone has to pay for that.
Mr Orange is that price, he's the cost we all now have to pay. But it's not about him, it's about the way the world has been going these last few decades that made people - and the vast majority of the people who voted for him are good people - feel like this petty, vengeful bully was their great hope.
So let's take our dose of salts and get through whatever Mr Orange is going to drag us through before he goes the way of all bullies and shuffles off to his tower... and then let's make stuff better.
Mr Orange is a warning about what happens when we stop caring about each other, and turn on each other. So let's not do that any more. Let's build a future where we all have a place, and we all have hope, and we recognise we have a collective responsibility to ensure that every single person matters.
Every. Single. Person.
We'll get through this. And my hope is we'll get through this stronger, and wiser, and more compassionate. In years to come maybe we'll say that Mr Orange really did us all a favour. Maybe we'll say he was a tipping point? Maybe this is the moment when we all finally realised we'd lost our way, and we stopped, and came together a little more, and we found our way?
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TAKE ACTION HERE: http://greenpeace.nz/Stop-Seismic-Blasting
The biggest seismic blasting vessel in the world has entered New Zealand waters. It's here to hunt for oil between Napier and Kaikoura for Statoil and Chevron.
This monster of a ship carries seismic arrays over eight kilometers long. It drags them through the water, firing massive seismic blasts creating shockwaves that penetrate the ocean and the seafloor. This helps them map potential oil and gas reserves beneath the seabed.
Science tells us that for humanity to have any chance of a liveable future, we must not burn even the known reserves of oil. To be searching for oil that the world can't afford to burn is utter madness.
It's also harmful to whales, dolphins and other marine life.
The boom of the sound waves reverberates throughout the ocean every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for weeks and months on end.
For whales and dolphins, this can be deafening. They depend on their hearing to survive, whether it’s for locating prey or predators, or communicating with mates.
A deaf whale is a dead whale.
This will be happening in an area stretching between Napier and Kaikoura that's inhabited by thousands of whales and dolphins.
For the sake of the climate, and because of the risk to our oceans, marine life, and the communities threatened by oil spills if deep sea oil drilling goes wrong, this must be stopped.
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