What an election! Indeed, I am happy it has come to an end. That that door is now shut. Yet, another door is now opened. Shall we step through?
Like Alice, that one who fell to Wonderland, I plan on enjoying the next four years ahead. Just as I savored every moment of this nasty campaign for the past 18 months, the years ahead with Mr. Trump as the president will be, at the very least, interesting. If I am lucky, I will be surprised now and then, and bombshelled occasionally. Always, the mind shall be open.
Is that the historian or the mythologist speaking?
Both. Both of them have their pens poised and their vocal chords warmed up ready to spring into action.
The historian tells you that this is not the first crazy election we’ve been through. It will not be the last. As much as we would like them to be, elections are not polite occasions. Whenever we talk power, we talk violence in some form. America rarely gets into physical violence over its elections. The demonstrations we see on our streets, are, for the most part, peaceful. We have the right to assemble, and so forth. We also have the right to not listen. Our true violence is the words we use to crucify our opponents or to persuade and manipulate the voters. Candidates and voters will also use words to paint pictures of the dire futures we will live in if we do not vote for such and such.
That brings me to the mythology.
The future can be a scary place. The experienced people know that nothing is certain, and that anything can happen. The study of the ancient stories helps us to understand that whatever happens to us, has happened to others, for thousands of years. They endured. We can endure.
Our myths, then, help us prepare for life, by encouraging us to pick up the mantel of a hero’s journey. Nothing teaches more thoroughly or test more stringently than a walk through the dark where monsters lurk. Nothing gives us more self-confidence, nothing gives us more proof of who we are than when we face ourselves in the mirror of the soul.
Whatever the next four years brings us, we can endure it. Let the journey begin.