I have been absent from my blog for a while. There are a few reasons: first, my scheduled writing time went away. Also, every time I sit down to read and write I find myself assaulted with such awful discourse that it becomes too difficult to write. I was tired of this election over a year ago… I even wrote an open letter to Donald Trump.
Part of being a teacher is trying to think and talk logically, offer other points of view, and teach others to think critically. I have had no end of opportunities to do that over the past year. But I am so tired… separating my personal feelings from my professional life.
My predictions: if Hillary Clinton wins, there won’t be big changes. Her main crime in most people’s minds is that she is a centrist. If Trump wins, I think that good people will try to keep him from starting world war 3, and that his name will be attached to the “Trump Depression.” But I won’t have to worry for my safety… mostly because I am a white man. People of different color, faith, and women all would have to deal with a culture that will shift (quickly or slowly) to someplace hostile towards them. I will keep fighting for critical thinking and reason regardless.
Whatever the outcome, the election will be done soon. There will be fallout, but hopefully there will be room for more civil discussion. Yes, that seems like a lot to ask. I know that “civil” is not something that I can expect after the trajectory of this election, but I can hopefully stop the monitoring of this awful election.
In the meantime, I hope to be back to more regular postings soon.