To my friends who insist on saying things like “we’re screwed” in response to some political candidate gaining momentum in their campaign:
No, we are not screwed.
We are not screwed unless we voluntarily decide to look at ourselves as a bunch of powerless morons who can’t do anything besides complain and cry when a political event doesn’t go our way.
It’s not only self-defeating to think and speak in this manner, but it perpetuates the problem of exaggerating the power of politicians and downplaying the power of the individual.
There will always be people, situations, and events that we can’t control. And there will always be creative things we can do to create a freer society in spite of those things. There’s nothing wrong with being frustrated by an undesirable political outcome, but it only makes things worse when we use such situations as evidence that everything is inevitably going to hell regardless of the reactions and responses we choose to have.
We are not defined by the politicians who beg, grovel, perform, and plead for our votes. We are defined by the fact that we are a people with a voice, with a power to imagine, and with a capacity to innovate that cannot and will not ever be extinguished by any political regime.
Go ahead and bemoan all the bad things you hate. Life is only going to give you so many opportunities to complain before it forces you to get back to work anyway. So go ahead and get it all out of your system.
When you’re done, however, I invite you to entertain the radical possibility that you are a being who STILL has power, who STILL has options, who STILL has the potential to create massive change after your vote has been cast, after your most hated political candidate has won, and after you’ve been letdown (yet again) by the things you can’t control.
When we truly wake up to our potential, the only thing that will be screwed will be the sources of indoctrination that are apparently doing a fantastic job at convincing us that we have no other option than living in constant fear of unwanted political outcomes.