I know this blog isn’t about politics. But while I’d love to bake away my emotions, I have to face reality (mainly because I can still hear the TV from my kitchen).
I have been following this year’s political discourse rather closely. I must admit, it’s like watching an intense political movie, but in real life. It’s amusing to watch Donald Trump blurt out “Wrong!” in the middle of Hilary Clinton’s sentences. It’s thrilling to anticipate how Clinton will respond, and then to get slightly agitated when she doesn’t. But when it suddenly hits me that it’s not just a reality-based TV show, and this is how the most powerful office in the world is being fought for, it’s not so entertaining anymore. It’s quite troubling actually.
This is a rough, trying time, especially for us Muslims (oooh, I said it).
There is a great deal of information about how crimes against Muslims have increased, how polarized we feel, and how upsetting Trump’s rhetoric is. I won’t go into that.
What I will do is try to understand what is going on through logic.
Whether I turn to FOX news, CNN, or any other news source, I can clearly see the propaganda being used to sway viewers to a certain opinion. I can see facts being left out. I can see the host emphasizing one point while leaving another highly important point unacknowledged. This allows me to see things without adopting a victim role. It reminds me that I must not do what others are doing, I must understand the point of view of the other side.
And so, when I rise to my highest self, when I empathize, relate, and trust that we all have souls, here is what I conclude:
Fear is a tool used throughout history by leaders, by demagogues, to sway people.
Humans will generally override their rational responses and fear will motivate them to activate their irrational sides. Even if that fear is provoked through fallacies.
This election is showing the state of the people: we Americans are lazy. We do not want to think and research and analyze. We want easy answers.
I have concluded that there needs to be more education and enlightenment among all of us. Whatever our race, religion, or gender – we must use logic and seek the truth, without abandoning rationale and education, for the sake of our future.
Because those demagogues throughout history, they have done some terrible things. And we do not want history to repeat itself, do we?