It seems appropriate to jot down a few thoughts for the last day of a perfectly horrible year.
Too many of us learned that fear and hatred is alive and well in our country. We let our guard down, we thought, for one brief shining moment, that maybe, just maybe, the country was going in the right direction. But no, we had to re-learn that racism, bigotry, sexism, misogyny, homophobia and all of humankind’s worse traits are in full force; and, not just in the U.S., but around the world. We learned that there are those who will overlook the most heinous traits in a man, and elect him president, while cursing and calling for the arrest of a woman who has given her whole life to serving the people. She wasn’t perfect; even those who voted for her can agree with that statement. But she has tried, and she has fought mostly against those who would bring her down. There has been much written about the outcome and I don’t think I can add much to what has already been said; except, that for many who voted for one and not the other, the biggest thing against her was that she was a woman, followed closely by the fact that there are those who hate her husband — guilty by association.
That being said, we head into the unknown, or not. We already know the names of those who have been appointed. There is fear heading into the new year; fear for minorities, immigrants, the LGBTQ community. There is fear for women that the new regime is going to push us back to the 1950’s. Well, they can try. We will fight. We will ALL fight.
And, that, is where the hope comes in, because yes, there is hope. There is always hope. Those who will fight, will band together; they will find common ground and find they have more in common that they may have thought.
This is our strength. Because we love and we believe and we have faith that good will always prevail over evil. It doesn’t really, not all of the time as in the old-timey movies. But it can win, and it does win.
I am re-reading the Harry Potter books and I have come to think of the president-elect and his minions as Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Near the end of the Half-Blood Prince is this sentence:
“It was important, Dumbledore said, to fight and fight again, and keep on fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never eradicated……..”
So, let us go into 2017 knowing that some of us will continue to fight, but we will fight with a feeling of hope and faith that love will prevail. Because, truly, it must.
Wishing you all the blessings of the Goddess in the New Year.