Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
– Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”
This morning I was greeted with one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever seen and it reminded me that the sun will rise no matter the darkness behind it. I remain hopeful. We’ve entered a time of great uncertainty. What happened on election night was unexpected. No one truly knows, including Donald Trump, what will happen next. Yet like my ancestors before me, I know that I can join with other people to build a better (more just & more kind) world for everyone even if I don’t have the opportunity to live in that world myself. We create the future together. This result doesn’t change that in any way. It just challenges us to imagine bigger, work harder and love more.
In my view, there are 4 types of people in America today:
1. People who take Donald Trump at his word that he intends to do the things he says he will do and that he is the person we have come to know. These people are deeply concerned and disagree strongly with his ideas and plans.
2. People who take Donald Trump at his word that he intends to do the things he says he will do and that he is the person we have come to know. These people agree wholeheartedly with Trump. His essence and ideas resonate with them completely.
3. People who don’t take Donald Trump at his word, believe that he doesn’t mean all the things he says nor will/can he fulfill his broad-ranging promises. These people appear to believe that Donald Trump represents a refreshing change in approach and attitude. He is the proverbial “bull in a china shop” who will at least shake things up in the moribund, stagnant, grid-locked system that Washington has come to represent. Yet they also believe that checks and balances will keep Trump from doing any serious damage.
4. People who did not vote – and this is almost half of Americans eligible to vote – who have opted out of active civic engagement. They have tuned out the noise and disharmony or believe that their voice cannot impact events in any way. They are poorly informed, mis-informed or lacking comprehension of a changing world’s mechanics in many cases. They are not interested in participating in a system that does not seem to serve them or be interested in meeting their needs.
As activists and organizers committed to social, economic and environmental justice, we cannot do anything about the people in Group #2 – they are likely beyond our reach. But we can do something to reach the people in Groups 3 and 4. We must resolve to re-examine how we touch and inspire not just the minds of those fellow Americans – but their hearts – if we truly wish to manifest a brighter future.
The Fission team stands at the ready to bring fresh ideas, enhanced insight, piercing analysis and loving spirits to renew the struggle. We welcome candid conversations with our clients and colleagues as the true shape & scope of the challenges ahead of us become clearer. We are already hard at work on ideation of new approaches, ideas, techniques, technologies and more. We are here to help you navigate the rocky seas ahead as we sail into the sunrise of a new world that we will co-create with love not hate, with courage not fear.