Wow. People are really freaking out today. Jumping around like crazy, or getting ready for the socialist zombie apocalypse. I try to avoid getting too riled up about political issues, for my own sanity, and also because I love a lot of amazing people in my life who have very different political views from my own.
One such person in my life wrote this very eloquent passage about this very issue. I thought you would like it too.
"To all my Democrat friends, congratulations to your candidate, President Obama. He fought the good fight, won and spoke last night with grace and an outstretched hand. To all my Republican friends, congratulations to your candidate, Gov. Romney, for fighting the good fight. He was gracious and humble in defeat.
Now, specifically, to my partisan/activist Republican AND Democrat friends (especially you young guns). This is a teachable moment. At least for today, please, enough of the snarky partisan comments about the other side not compromising, etc. Look at yourselves, are you compromising? Have you personally contacted any of your friends/acquaintances from an opposing political persuasion today with grace and humility? Expressed an understanding of their disappointment in defeat or elation in victory? Small gestures but ones that would go a long way in cultivating the more civil political atmosphere we all yearn for.
Yesterday in an election, we were on different teams. Now, for the time being, consider that we are on the same team. For you own sake and the sake of our body politic, consider cultivating a sense of epistemological modesty in your political outlook. Beware preaching of civility, compromise and not having all the answers, unless you apply it to yourself first."
So how do you feel? Are you reaching out to people in your life who are having different emotions from you today? Do you feel like we are part of the same team?