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I don’t often talk about feelings I guess, which is not great; but, this week was crazy.
Two of the things I firmly believed in (not just thought I believed in, but thought everyone believed in) were proven to be untrue this week.
I believe(d) that people genuinely were starting to care more about our environment, our place, our world, just I guess everything that is involved in our living system. I thought everyone in the world was moving towards a better (even if it was still far from perfect) world. Wow, the election proved me wrong. How can people still deny climate change? How does that honestly still happen? I honestly couldn’t believe it.
Connected to this, I believe(d) that people are more connected to something in their community or globally now. I thought that it was more global, but also believed we were just overall more connected to something around us. Again, isolationism as a result of our election. How can people seriously believe that we can operate on our own anymore? How can people think that imaginary lines drawn across land mean anything? What benefits do we have from doing things on our own?
I don’t know.
I think media failed me and many others, I didn’t that this was possible. I understand the role I played, how I was compliant to listen to people who believed the same thing I do, but to not even think of this as a possibility is alarming. As an educator I have to be more aware of how we actually search and what we intentionally make ourselves available to.
I think we failed each other. We haven’t really been listening to each other and our problems, we don’t know what our community is feeling especially in regard to what they are scared of.
As an educator I think we have an exciting opportunity to work with students to make sure change is going to continue to happen. But it’s been a disturbing week.