REBLOG: Light for our darkest hour…

Reblogged from my BookLikes friend Grimlock ♥ Vision

It’s a wonderfully expressed sentiment; the most heartfelt, honest and uplifting one I’ve come across in the hours since the official election results were published.  So, thanks very much, Grim, for letting me share it here (in addition to reblogging on BookLikes).  If anything is going keep America great, it’s a spirit like yours!

 


 

 

I’m too numb to really comment on the election results right now.

We’ll move forward as individuals and as a country, because there’s nothing else we can do.   My personal faith and spirituality believes in calling out what’s wrong when I see it, and acting when I can.  I did.  I voted. I encouraged others to vote.

I’ll continue to call out Trump when he’s a racist, sexist asshole.   With small hands.   Tiny hands.  (I’m curious to see what the tipping point is; when do I get the pictures with the hands circled going ‘SEE, NOT SO SMALL!!!!1!!!’)

I didn’t think we’d survive Bush Jr and we did.   I didn’t think I’d survive a lot of things, and I did.

We’ll take one step at a time, when we’re ready.   I’m trying to see a bright side, but it’s dismally dark right now.   I keep chanting that there’ll be peace at the end, which isn’t a comment about the end of Trump’s reign.   In the end, at my end, I’ve finally come to believe that there’ll be peace, which may sound morbid, but as a mantra has helped me keep calm.

Even as the numbness wears off, even as depression leads to my faith in humanity being slowly peeled away, I’m starting to settle into a deep, dark resignation: I will deal with this because I have to.

But just to let so much of America know, I’m disappointed.   You’ve allowed racism and sexism and misogyny to win.   You’ve done so because you believe the swagger of a narcissistic man, and you’ve done so because you believe he cares about you at all.  I believe that man is incapable about caring about anyone but himself: iI believe if he cares at all for his children, it’s because he sees them as extensions of himself. I believe if he cares for his wife, it’s because she’s a trophy.

But Trump is only the tip of the iceberg.   Even if he were to go underground, never to be seen from again, his supporters believe in his brand of racism and sexism.   That scares me more than anything else.  What a long road humanity has ahead of it, I can see that more clearly than ever now.

I hope that those who believe in dignity and kindness share that belief, because all we can do is use our own inner light to help spark that light in others.   I was afraid last night that this news would come to pass and it would snuff out my inner light: my hope, my belief in others, my love and my happiness.   But it shines brighter now, because it has to shine on.  It has to be able to make a difference.

It has to be able to spark in someone else, too.   So to everyone who sees how ugly this is, I ask that you take time today to tend to yourselves.   Preserve that light, that goodness, that happiness and love.   Find someone who you believe in and cling to them.   Find something you believe in and focus on that.  Tend to yourselves, make your light shine brighter, and try to spark happiness and peace within others.   We all need that comfort right now, and others will need our light soon enough.   Tend to it, spark it, make it grow brighter, make it fierce, make it blinding.  Do it because no one else can, not without your effort and consent.

Love one each other.  Love the world.  Love when it’s the hardest, because it’s not the hate outside that defines you.  It’s everything inside, and so love because there’s so much hate out there already.

Don’t do it for me.   Do it for yourself.  Just love.   Just shine.

And I’m sorry: I’m getting preachy and weepy, and kinda all woo.  But I need this to hold onto for myself right now and it feels better putting it down in words.  I hope it helps anyone else who needs this.

If you need to talk, I’ll be working this morning, but you can reach me here, PM me or e-mail me.   I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

I love you all.   I’ll be reading comics today to tend to myself.  After work and maybe cleaning up some leaves in the backyard.   Because life still goes on and love still goes on and I still go on, and I need this right now.

 

Original post:
http://allhailgrimlock.booklikes.com/post/1494627/light-for-our-darkest-hour

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So, they carried the day.

Neanderthals for Trump: How our primitive brains are ruining American politics – Salon.com, April 19, 2016

Donald Trump’s appeal isn’t just ideological but biological. “Political Animals” author Rick Shenkman explains.

From the interview:

“… it was during that period [= the Stone Age] that we mainly evolved. And we evolved to address the problems of hunter-gatherers who lived during that period.

[…]

[Trump] knows what you’re feeling, and that’s what an awful lot of politics is. When a politician talks anger and they talk fear, they are mainlining, just like a heroin addict, going straight for the most sensitive parts of the brain because fear and anger are those emotions that we really relate to. And when a politician engages and indulges people’s fears and their angers, they seem really authentic. That’s why Donald Trump seems so authentic to so many millions of people because these emotions are so strong and powerful.

Q: Why are anger and fear so paramount in the stone-age brain?

A: For people who were very sensitive to anger and fear, apparently, our evolution proves it, that was a habit of thinking that contributed to their survival, to their fitness.

Q: They’ll take more precautions than somebody who doesn’t hear the alarm go off, right?

A: Exactly. There is something called the false alarm bias. What happens is our brains are like good detectors in your home that are looking for gas or for something else, some sign of fire—

Q: Carbon monoxide.

A: Exactly.

Q: Burglars.

A: Exactly, burglars. They’re on a hair-trigger alert. They just detect a little bit and all of a sudden they start blaring. Well, our brain comes with a similar mechanism and that is to help protect us from danger. So the people who are going to be more likely to survive a dangerous attack were those who would be able to be sensitive to when a dangerous attack was coming.

When Donald Trump is attacking Mexican immigrants or Muslims just trying to come visit the United States, he is activating this deep-seated cognitive bias that we have, which is the false alarm bias. We want to make sure that we respond to a fire alarm. And if it’s a false alarm, that’s okay, because the fire alarm goes off, everybody gets excited, they go out on the sidewalk and then they come back in five minutes later. So, meh, it’s okay. But if you miss a fire alarm, oh my gosh, you’re really, really in trouble. We’ve got this bias that basically says we’re going to react to the fire alarm, even if we’re going to err on the side of better be safe than sorry.

And when Donald Trump and these other politicians activate that bias, what happens is it swamps critical thinking. We have higher order cognitive functions and we are able to evaluate the world as it is and not give in and surrender to these automatic responses. But when a politician activates that response, it’s very, very, difficult in the moment to think clearly. And that’s what these politicians are doing.

[…] [T]here’s something that the social scientists refer to as perceptual salience, and basically what that means is that we respond to the signals in the environment that we’re familiar with. So anytime we hear some evidence of something in our own experience, or we’re seeing it on the news constantly, that becomes part of our social reality. And we live in that soup of all these mixed signals out there. And what Donald Trump is doing when he’s saying the political parties are corrupt, as soon as he says it, it’s politically salient because we’ve all heard evidence of the corruption of the two major parties and how they managed to get themselves elected; or to elect their people; and how rich people contribute money to the campaigns; and the corruption, and all that. That’s salient because we hear all about it. So all a politician has to do is touch that button and one of his supporters will say, “Oh, yes.” So it rings true.

Q: It’s also true, isn’t it, that we don’t like cognitive dissonance—that when we get these storms in our head, we get stressful and perturbed, and we want to run from them? So cognitive dissonance is something that we want to get rid of as soon as we experience it and, if we feel it, we turn away.

A: Sure and this helps explain why millions of people still believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. It’s incredible to any thinking person that anybody could believe that, but these people aren’t thinking, they are reacting.

[…] [I]n their small circle, they’re hearing from people suspicions about Barack Obama […] And they hear that and that plays into a narrative, a metanarrative, a metacognition that resonates with them. […] So they create this metanarrative in their head and everything that is consistent with that metanarrative, they wind up believing. And everything that is inconsistent with it—that would give them cognitive dissonance if they were to try to hold that thought in mind in addition to the other thoughts—they get rid of. They get rid of it. […]

[E]ight years ago I wrote a book called Just How Stupid Are We? as you mentioned. I was appalled by the statistics coming out during the Bush years that so many millions of people thought that we were invading Iraq out of revenge because Saddam Hussein had something important to do with 9/11. Now there was no truth to that, but if we can’t get the most basic facts right about the most important event of our time, 9/11, that says our democracy is in trouble.”

Source: Neanderthals for Trump: How our primitive brains are ruining American politics – Salon.com

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So: Welcome to the world of “post-fact politics,” where it doesn’t matter whether anything actually is true, as long as it feels true and responds to our innermost caveman triggers and alarms, the chief ones of these being fear and anger.

1984, anyone? (Since Humpty-Dumpty’s “When I use a word … it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less” would barely seem to scratch the surface here?)

And yes, as much as 20 percent of the Neanderthal genome does live on in modern humans, accounting for – on average – between 1% and 4% of the modern human genome, due to some more-than-casual cross breeding of Neanderthals and homo sapiens after homo sapiens had begun to migrate to Europe some 60,000 – 45,000 years ago.  Phyiscal features that the Neanderthals have passed on to us include red hair, a receding, elongated forehead, the brow ridge above our eye sockets, and a prominently protruding nose.  And according to a 2016 DNA analysis conducted by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, the genetic material of the incoming U.S. President just might be made up of a whopping 39% of Neanderthal heritage.  (His supporters dispute those findings.  Well, there are also a few people who dispute evolutionary theory.  Not coincidentally, those two groups overlap.)  Not that you’d notice what this guy is really made of in any other way than by his physical appeareance, obviously …

Neanderthal vs Donald Trump! close enough! - Album on Imgur:   Neue Studie: Ein bisschen moderner Mensch steckt auch im Neandertaler - N24.de:
Image sources: Imgur.com and N24 News.
The image to the right shows an exhibit at the Neanderthal Museum near Düsseldorf, Germany.

Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions – POLITICO Magazine

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The many, many, MANY sides of the likely Republican nominee, in his own words.

Source: Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions – POLITICO Magazine

 

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking-Glass (1872).

 

(I’d sworn I’d stay out of the U.S. electoral campaign, but this is just too good not to share.  And it doesn’t even include his most recent meltdowns …)