True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.Jesus and I went to the Veterans Art Museum this morning to see the new Vonnegut exhibit. Vonnegut was a writer, veteran, activist, and artist. His political leanings were more socialist than left v right, so his take on this election would have been interesting. He combated death and the absurdity of the human experience with dry humor and pessimistic satire, and refused to romanticize war. His art is accessible to veterans and civilians alike, and reminds us that our time on Earth is short and weird. A lot of things don't make sense, and c'est la vie - but we still have the task of loving "whoever is around to be loved."
So, here is my love - in the form of things to read and ways to take action.
This letter from a writer to his wife. The election was never Democrat v Republican for many of us. It was validation v dehumanization.
This letter from Aaron Sorkin to his wife and daughter. What do we do now? We get out of bed and go back to work.
Any of these books to inform, educate, and inspire you to act.
Know your rights. And the rights of those more vulnerable than you.
Volunteer - teach others, feed others, make your corner of the globe a better place.
Speaking of teaching others - tolerance.org has great election resources for teachers and anyone who works with youth.
"Elections have endpoints. Social progress does not."
Donate to or volunteer with these human rights organizations (many Chicago-based). There are also links to articles about white privilege and racism, for those of us who need refreshers.
Another collection of Chicago-based organizations to support in the next four years (and beyond).
And a more general list of ways and resources to get involved in local politics - because the presidency is one thing, but our everyday lives are more affected by our local and state governments.
These resources are as much for me as they are for any readers - both as reminders that I'm not alone in how I feel and I'm also not powerless to act. As I've heard many people say this week, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. - "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Now we need to make sure that bend happens.