Two things happened this week, that sent me into a spiral of despondency. Two postings, actually, by people I consider friends. It’s not that I believe we should all share the same opinions, it’s that I would hope we are open to discussion. I guess, in retrospect, I am an idealist – I want the world to get along, I want us all to live in harmony.
Both were memes, with a political bent, the messages aimed at creating fear and dissidence. I won’t get into the specifics, but I will say this – I too have been guilty of aligning myself with platitudes and it doesn’t work – the complexities of life cannot be contained in smug one-liners. But harm can be done.
Among the many things that the Trump presidency has stirred up, hatred is the most frightening. It is born of ignorance, blame, and often, a sense of lack of control. It turns us into polarized, impenetrable forces of righteousness. No one wins.
Both postings struck close to home for me, and I’m not sure what to do about it. The world, it feels, is upside down right now. I hope we all gain greater perspective and a renewal of compassion as a result, but I fear this is just me being idealistic again.
The focus this week has been ‘upside-down’, a prompt that has inspired many photographic responses as well as some amusing, and thought-provoking poems. Please take a moment to peruse and comment on the contributions from our community. Your participation is always greatly appreciated.
If I missed someone, please let me know.
See you tomorrow for a new challenge.