A Day of Thinking

I didn’t get much work done today.  Food shopping and a failed trip for holiday presents, but mostly talking to friends on Facebook.  Most were civil conversations and a few were trying to put some humor into our day.  I only had 2 hours of broken sleep, so my brain wasn’t functioning well.  No writing, especially since the scene deals with a broken hero trying to find the will to continue.  I’ll try again tomorrow after a full night of sleep, but the kid is home Friday.

People probably know why I’m feeling off because at least half the nation and many around the world are feeling this way.  I don’t want to get into the details because politics only bring fighting.  Honestly, I’ve seen people from all corners of the spectrum do battle today.  Toxic winners, enraged losers, I told you sos, mocking laughter, threats, insults, and so many things that make me feel like this ended it all.  I hope people are only getting it out of their system before they realize that this place will take everyone down if it sinks and not just one group.

I’m writing this to get things off my chest in some fashion.  As you can see it isn’t going beyond WordPress because I found all the other social media sites messy.  The sad thing is that I’m sickened more by how people are reacting than what a certain winningest winner will do.  A switch was flipped and we’re tearing at each other like a pack of starving cats battling over the last mouse on Earth.  Relationships are ending out there, which just makes me feel helpless.  That’s the big emotion here.  Not fear or anger or sadness or desperation, but helplessness.  More so than ever because all of the power is on one side of the scale.  One agenda gets everything it wants.  What happens to the citizens who disagree and probably outnumber the ones who support what’s coming?  What will they do when their worlds are truly threatened?

I might be over-dramatic here.  You know what?  I’ll actually say the name for one reason.  The only thing I hope and pray Trump realizes in the next 2 months is this:  That his words and actions hold more weight and influence than any other time in his life.  It feels like a tall order after the election.  Not only for him, but everyone with a social media account from celebrities to average citizens.  We really underestimate the power of words these days.  That should stop because it’s hard to take them back once they leave your mouth or you hit the send button.

So, fingers crossed that I’ll get to writing tomorrow.  Was staring at my outline tonight, but I just don’t have it in me.  Wish me luck for tomorrow.  I’ll keep the comments open, so keep it polite if you say anything.  The world is toxic enough as it is.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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33 Responses to A Day of Thinking

  1. archfriar says:

    I feel helpless too. Maybe the very savagery with which people at FB unfriend each other is a symptom of the same sickness that fueled this election.

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  2. I think the broken relationships resulting from this is that it’s hard to compromise your moral values for people who support a man who grabs women by the crotch, disrespects soldiers, and unleashes xenophobia everywhere he goes.

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  3. Very well said, Charles. I wish everyone would realize that personal desires aside the election is over and we have a President-elect and we have one without interference from some army or rebel force. The process may be flawed but it still has given us a new leader. Time will tell on how wise the leader will be, but in the meantime, it is up to the average citizen to continue to keep in mind the freedoms that we enjoy. If these freedoms are threatened then that would be the time for action but on a unified basis. This petty selfishness and “all about me” attitude needs to stop. Come on Americans, you are better than this.

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  4. Very well said, and I appreciate what John said too. I didn’t vote, so I’m one of those. My hopes for change ended when the candidates were chosen. I just know that I am the same today as yesterday. Same hopes, same goals, same bills, same family, the works. There was a time when we spent a week unifying and finding ways to support the new regime. I’m afraid the divide will remain and widen. I also don’t have the power to do a damned thing about it.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    The vitriol I read today was a real acid bath. It’s time to get on with it and breathe a sigh of relief that the vicious campaign is over. Trump has kept himself in pretty tight control lately – one can only hope the seriousness of the office will do the rest. Being an American under ANY President is a blessing, and we, as Americans, should remember that.

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    • I hope you’re right. Honestly, I don’t know what to think about him and behaving. He was good because he wanted to win the election. Now, he’s won, so the mystery in my mind is if he’ll improve or return to his old habits. There’s so much unknown here.

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  6. This election was likely the worst one yet in regards to the mud slinging. Neither candidate was spotless. That said, I feel that bringing up interviews from over a decade ago was wrong, people change over time and should be judged by who they are now. Just think about it this way: if I broke a window ten years ago, does that mean I’ll break one in twenty years from now?
    While I don’t agree with everything Trump has said, I feel that he was likely the lesser of two evils. The fact that the national opinion polls were so close just shows that this election was divisive, with any luck, everything will settle down and we’ll see some positive changes that will bring this country together again.
    If not, I did see that California is trying to secede.
    I apologize to anyone who took this comment the wrong way. I’d like to mention that I just want everyone to get along, regardless of their sex, religion, political affiliation, if they are vegetarian or not, etc.

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    • Not really sure what to see because I found myself on the opposite side. The ten year thing is true to some extent, but there are some things that remain true for life. This goes for both candidates whose distant past were dragged to the forefront. As far as Trump goes, I’m worried more about the darker mentalities that he’s unleashed either on purpose or by accident. I do want everyone to get along, but this election unleashed a lot of vitriol on both sides that can’t be pushed back into the shadows.

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      • Don’t forget that the Republican Party wasn’t really happy with him as their candidate. The president doesn’t have that much say in what happens, he’s there mostly as a figurehead and as a check to the system.
        I may just be an optimist, but I’m going to assume that things are going to be okay.
        Don’t worry, the next election cycle will start in a few days, I’m sure both parties can find even worse candidates for 2020.

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      • Honestly, I have too many friends and family who will suffer for 4 years if things happen like was ‘promised’. Really hoped that I didn’t have to discuss political details here, but there is a big problem that throws checks and balances out the window. All 3 branches are going to be under Republican control. Democrats will have very little power, which means there will be no attempt at bipartisanship. Paul Ryan already said that it’s now a Republican government, so they can get their work done. How can a country like the United States survive when half of the populace is being ignored no matter what?

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      • If things are too bad, everything will change in two years when the next congressional elections are help.
        I’m not sure which promises you’re talking about, but I don’t want to argue, everyone is allowed to their own opinions, regardless of who is president.
        I agree that something needs to change with our governmental system. I think we might be better off with something like the British have, where they have multiple parties. It might not even be a bad idea to just let congress choose the president instead of the voters, at least that way there wouldn’t be so many hurt feelings after an election.

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      • Uh, democrats aren’t known for remembering mid-term elections. :/

        I wouldn’t trust Congress to do it because then you’ll get the same thing and people won’t have a say in it. That won’t sit well and doesn’t seem very democratic. It would be nice to have multiple parties though. The way Congress is set up seems to be directed entirely toward only having two.

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      • Don’t forget that we live in a republic and not a democracy, there is a big difference between the two.
        All I was saying is that half the population never really has any say in who governs us, if the democrats win, the republicans complain, if the republicans win, it’s the democrats turn to complain. Until we have at least three parties, this country will always be deeply divided.
        It’s up to the rest of us, regardless of political affiliation, to find a way to get along.
        Until then, remember what Linus said in The Peanuts Halloween special ‘Three things I’ve learned never to with people: religion, politics and the great pumpkin.’
        I try to live by those words 🙂
        Thanks for allowing polite discussion on your blog.

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      • As true as that is, there was usually a way for the other side to maintain some influence. Either a branch or enough seats in Congress to put up a decent fight. I think Democrats have a filibuster, but that might not help at all.

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      • At least this election proved that you don’t have to be a career politician or military officer to get elected.

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      • I’m going to abstain from speaking my mind on this one.

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  7. It’s cute how you seem to think that the rest of the world is any saner. Greece has been ruled by its own Trump government for the past couple of years. All it’s brought is a string of broken promises, an ever-deepening recession, and an ever-increasing resentment toward politicians. The government’s ratings right now are around 15%, which means that 85% of the populace wants it out. Probably not going to happen for another 2 years, though.

    Still, good news for us authors: we now have all the inspiration we want, especially since my fantasy tends to be heavy on the politics 🙂

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    • Well aware of the world going to hell in a poorly made hand basket. It’s like this is the year everything really falls apart. I wonder if the global leaders simply ignore the fact that countries can collapse. Maybe they just think it’s not their problem because they can simply retire and leave it for the next guy. The few people that do want to improve the world seem to get stopped too. Hard to do this without specifics.

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  8. L. Marie says:

    Well said, Charles. For once I was glad to be in a place yesterday where no wifi was allowed. So I didn’t have to put up with all of the screeching. It’s bad enough seeing some of the crap today. Yesterday so many people were quiet and subdued on the train, as if in shock.
    Words definitely hold weight. We could all use a good word right now.

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