Monthly Archives: November 2016

The case for optimism, cont’d: Even today

Trying really hard to make that case today. Josh Marshall tries too:

There is a lot of fear. I know. I feel it. At such a moment I come back to a thought I’ve told family members at times of stress or grief. Optimism isn’t principally an analysis of present reality. It’s an ethic. It is not based on denial or rosy thinking. It is a moral posture toward the world we find ourselves in. If everything seems great, there’s no need for optimism. The river of good news just carries you along.

We need optimism now more than ever. Perhaps it shouldn’t be called optimism. Perhaps it’s simply the grim strength to get up and do what needs to be done. Day after day after day.

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Incredibly, today is also Carl Sagan Day

Shell-shocked from the election results, and I need something to believe in right now. Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” speech has been my touchstone all throughout the writing of this blog, and I have to believe his vision is still one that can inspire and sustain us, even if — as on days like this — its fulfillment still feels heartbreakingly out of reach.

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Aftermath

America, what have we done.

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VOTE.

I’ve been quite remiss in updating this blog, and I’m not sure how many folks still follow it. If you do, I’m grateful, and I hope you’re all well.

If you live in the US, I just wanted to add my drop to the bucket of messages I’m sure you’re already getting, urging you to get out and VOTE. I haven’t written anything about this endless and endlessly horrifying political season; it seems that everything has already been said, and I’m as sick as you are of hearing all the arguments. Nevertheless, this IS an important election, not just on matters of dry policy but on the fundamental questions of what we value, what we look for in our leaders, and what kind of country we want to be. To stay home from the polls today isn’t a protest vote; it’s a silenced voice, and we need ALL voices to decide who we are. We need YOUR voice.

So vote. Please. If you don’t know where your polling place is, find out here. If you need help carpooling to your polling station, or if you encounter and want to report voter intimidation, check out the information here.

And if EVEN NOW you’re undecided and need a little convincing, well: My vote is for Hillary Clinton. Which is to say: my vote is for experience, intelligence, competence, feminism, respect, decency, compassion, service, and a hopeful vision of America that embraces everyone who actually LIVES in America. It’s also a vote against the other candidate’s bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, ignorance, empty bluster, compulsive dishonesty, laughable business incompetence, and terrifying disregard for all the principles that uphold our fragile democracy. America is an idea, and it only endures if we agree to live by it.

But whatever your position, VOTE. It matters.

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