“Don’t Boo, Vote”

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of him, but a guy by the name of Barrack Obama had a press conference the other day. During it, people started booing a protestor in the crowd and eventually got him thrown out. Obama got so distressed by it all, telling everyone that this is how people are losing focus and ended his rant by saying, “don’t boo, vote”. It was probably the most honest portrayal of this election’s frustrations that I’ve seen. 

“Trump versus Hillary”. That “versus” has taken a whole new meaning. It’s become less of a race and more of a boxing match. And not just against the opponents, but within America. Our collective morale is low right now. People feel hopeless and defeated and disheartened and people are so angry. But listen, life is going to continue on no matter what happens during this election and no matter how angry you might be. And it’s not just about trying to be positive, anymore. It has gotten so beyond that. This is now about just being civil. 

We live in this generation where it is impossible to miss a thing. All the sad things that happen, all the crappy people that exist, all the ways we are doomed… It’s constantly thrown at us daily. We live in a generation where everyone is so affected. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s good to be affected. But everyone is affected by completely different things in completely different ways. Trying to put a social norm on how everyone should react to everything that’s going on is unfair. Being so affected without having understanding is where things get dangerous.

No one is ever ever ever going to agree on all the same views. Thinking that we need to agree on everything creates a fear of what makes us all so different. It creates division in society. This is how the bad things can happen. This is how people can feel drawn to do terrible and violent things. And I get it. I’m not saying it’s right and I’m definitely not saying that I understand it at all… But I can accept that people live different lives than me. People grow up differently and deal with different struggles and therefore, have different views. I can accept that there will always be adversity. I can’t change that. I don’t want to change that. Adversity is what makes all of us so unique. And if we can accept that first and then go from there, things might be better off. And just to be clear, I am not talking about complacency. Not at all. That’s also just as dangerous. Please, absolutely, stand up and fight for what you believe in… But try not to be destructive. Don’t destruct, construct. “Don’t boo, vote.”

I hope that this election can serve as more of a learning curve for America instead of the failure we are all chalking it up to be. No matter who we vote for or if we vote at all, I hope we can have some kind of peace after today. I hope we can accept that we’ve all done exactly what we’ve wanted to in this particular situation, given our circumstances. And that’s all we can do, really. That and stay kind. So stay kind, America. We need it now more than ever. 

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