This map and this mornings full election results are one of the saddest expressions of fear I have ever seen. Despite this, the rule of divide and conquer only works if we do indeed divide.... which is a choice.
Hate will never drive out hate, love, compassion, tolerance, kindness, patience and above all the two way ability to actively listen is the only way that as individuals we can slowly undo the harm that the continuous eroding of our common goals has done.
When you meet someone who has voted to turn our home country Blue try really hard to model the kind of person that doesn’t live in fear, fear of lack, fear of religion, fear of gender equality, fear of change.... we are not full of a country of people who purposely chose to hurt the vulnerable,we are a country full of fear, and that drive can be so strong at times it can obliterate anything else in its path. Only by being the very best, most authentic, most open hearted people will we ever make any steps towards changing the hearts and minds of those who believed whatever it was that brought us to another conservative government.
The shock that many of us might feel this morning can be turned into something positive, become that person that volunteers at the hospital, or with the homeless, the vulnerable and the marginalised. Take personal responsibility for the ways in which you can make a positive and individual difference, but most of all never resort to the goal of the establishment... which is to divide us. No matter how sad, angry or confused you may be ( I am all three ) I really believe it’s so important that we remember that they keep us busy fighting each other so we never fight against them. In the words of Martin Luther King, darkness will never drive out darkness... only light will do that.
So be the light.
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