Strange Times

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The results of the election in the States seemed to have enveloped one part of the world in a dark cloud.  It’s such a strange world we live in now.  Like many, I was upset about the results, mostly because I’m worried about my family living there:  even though they are American citizens, they are an easy target all because of the way they look and when you have a man who seems to demonstrate all the worst “isms” in life become President of that country, what are their chances?  They might as well draw a bull’s eye on their foreheads.

When my husband woke me up on Wednesday morning to tell me the results of the elections, I wanted to grab my daughter and start digging a hole so deep and keep her there until it’s safe to come out again.  I don’t want her to grow up in a world where it’s okay to be a misogynist and sexually assault women and yet be elected President of the  most powerful country in the world.

This morning, I wanted to wake up and realise that yesterday was a bad dream.  That it wasn’t our reality.  But I’ve been here before.  We had our own elections in the Philippines months ago.  Just like everywhere, clearly our people were tired of the political elite ruling our country and wanted change.  Like the Americans they thought they could turn to a demigod, a man they thought they could trust even though he made rape-jokes and thought that he could get away with it, by apologising later on and claiming it was all humour, just like Trump who called it “locker-room” talk.  And now that man has sold my country to China. He and his supporters have re-written our history by allowing a former dictator to be given a heroes burial.  A dictator who robbed my country clean, who killed thousands, among them, a poet, the father of one of my closest friends, and also the husband of my mum’s best-friend right in front of her, forcing her to pull the trigger, when she couldn’t do it.  They just shot him, but not before using her bellybutton as an ash tray. That very same day, she lost her baby too.  The same one who tortured my own mother when she was an activist during his time.  I guess, I ought to be thankful that they didn’t kill her. Is that all for nought?  Really?

We live in such strange times indeed.  My sister said in jest, the world is ending.  I replied to her seriously and said “No, it can’t end.  We have our kids to think of!”  After all, it’s our children who will have to live with the mistakes of our past.  And here I was thinking that I’ve had it with gloomy thoughts.  Can you blame me?

Dear World,

No more bad news please.

The Reading Residence
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36 Comments

  1. It’s grim, no doubt. Let’s hope, though, that he really isn’t going to be like this now that he has the keys to the White House. Let’s hope that this was a plan to attract the votes of the disenfranchised; the lost working class who just wanted change. Let’s hope that he recognised that there was a (horrific) racist electorate and he wanted to capitalise on that to get to the Oval Office, but that he actually has more noble intentions.
    Let’s hope. What else can we do?

  2. I don’t think I understand the world anymore. So much hate and those who hate the most seem to be rising to the top, getting the power and leaving so many scared. I cling to the hope that some sensible voices will soon be heard and Trump will have his hateful ideas watered down. Hope is all we have now.

  3. I’m so sorry that you, your family and your friends have been through such horrific things. It’s hard not to feel grim about the state that the world seems to be in at the moment where hate and fear rule. All we can truly do is teach our children about love, kindness and acceptance and hope that it is enough. #WotW
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    • That is so true and believe that there is still kindness and decency in this world. I’d like to believe that that too.

  4. I’m sorry you and your family have been through so much. It is indeed a scary time for all, we have to stay hopeful that Trump is not as bad as he came across in his campaigning.
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    • Thank you! 🙂 While it happened many moons ago, because of the recent news, it certainly feels raw again.

  5. Dean, I am so, so sorry that you and your family and friends have endured such horrors. The world is certainly a very scary place and I can very much relate to your feelings of wanting to grab your daughter and hide – given what your country has been through, I can imagine those feelings are even stronger. Let’s hope that it won’t be as bad as we all fear. Sending you a virtual hug x #WotW
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    • You are so right. We shouldn’t give in to fear and believe that kindness and decency still exists in this world 🙂

  6. It’s so difficult to comprehend that it has happened, but I guess the people I talk to and best understand are the people more like me, not the people voting for this to happen. I am fearful of the changes that this will bring and the message that it sends. As to how you must feel with such horrific events from your home and to your family, I just can’t imagine. We can only continue to play our parts in this world, filing it with kindness and compassion wherever we can.
    Thanks for sharing with #WotW
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    • That is so true, if we give in to fear, it will only make matters worse. I still believe in the kindness and decency of people 🙂

  7. For the last three days, I’ve been hiding from the news . . . and from the world. I don’t want to live in a country that has Trump as its leader (I’m American) and have no idea how this happened despite the fact that I’ve been watching and paying attention for the last 18 months. I’m an optimistic person by nature and think we’ll (the US and the world) will survive this but, at this stage, I have no idea how and that leaves me feeling “sombre”. #wotw

    • Oh definitely, everyone will survive this. This will be history years from now. Hopefully, it won’t be that bad.

    • This happened years ago. It’s only because of the recent events both back home and abroad that has made things just feel a little bit too raw for comfort. Thank you 🙂

  8. I don’t think the world has gone mad. I think those who stay at home and don’t cast their vote should take a long hard look at themselves. I think people should stop believing that the media tell them and finally be grateful we live in a democratic society and are able to cast that vote, the result might not be what you vote for but someone has to win and you can’t always agree with the outcome.

    • It is worrying, yes, especially since I have lots of family in the States. But I’m confident all the hate will stop soon, just as it eventually died down after the Brexit.

  9. I’m not sure we can do more than wait and see what happens. Part of me hopes that he will be a more measured person when he takes on the role. I’ve been busy reading my favourite US blogs and other sources to try and understand why. #wow
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  10. It’s very worrying, I think we feel it especially keenly as parents because we want a better world for them and this year has felt like that’s not going to happen. However, I’m hopeful. I have to be! Let’s hope all these shake ups lead to some positive realisations and changes to politics in the future! x

  11. I’m so sorry to read what your family and your country have been through. I’m totally shocked at the election result. I find it staggering that people would even consider to vote for him after Obama. We have to continue to uphold our values and believe it will be OK, as we do have the children to think about
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  12. Oh my goodness – I am so sorry to hear what happened. What is happening in the world is worrying. I just keep thinking surely Love will trump hate. Surely…..Bug hugs, Kaz x
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  13. It was a real shock and, I think, such devastating news for those who believe in unity in order to survive in this world.
    It must be magnified for you because of the awful memories you have. I can only hope – and I hope because there are good people in the Senate & around Mr T – that his will is curtailed and others around him temper his thoughts and abilities to act on them.
    We have to hope that this generation of children learn from the mistakes they see around them.
    xx
    #WoTW
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