I'm of the firm belief that we all have superpowers.
It's been a long fucking week. I got social media mad for a while, and then I got social media broken and couldn't even stand to open Twitter. I decided to write like 10 new plays, and at least one more novel. I started about 7 poems. I stared at the ceiling. I started 3 new jobs. I did just about everything I could think of to run away from reality only to find that there was no getting away from how angry I am. How sad I am. How afraid I am.
And what it keeps coming down to is: we have failed each other. There's a lot of hate in the world, and for the first time the majority of us are actually aware of it. Viscerally, painfully aware of it. We've been asking, over the last few years, what will it take? How many tragedies must we endure? How many innocent people have to die before we'll move toward change?
Well, I think we've found our rock bottom, America. How's it feel?
There are white supremacists being appointed to the presidential cabinet. There is a reality TV star playing dress up as our president elect. We have failed each other. There are people in this country who have felt so utterly left behind by the rest of us for the last 8 years that they truly believe this imbecile can help them. We have failed each other. We have betrayed each other and painted it as progress. We have killed each other and painted it as justice, as self defense, as inevitable. We have called ourselves the greatest country on earth, while slowly splitting into two polarized camps who now are so filled with hate they want to exterminate each other. We have failed so epically that if it weren't reality it would be unbelievable.
Here we are. Broken and angry and nearly manic on how good it feels to be hopped up on hating each other.
I'm not going to sit here and make a case for the president elect. There's no case to be made. He is a candidate born out of a growing desperation to be heard, to be understood, to be acknowledged. He is the product of the ways that we, the progressives, the liberals, the democrats, have failed, as much as he is the product of a withering Republican party. So let's sit with that. He is a disaster. The hope that he will do well is devastatingly naive.
None of us are guiltless in this.
But I am of the firm belief that we all have superpowers. And nobody's superpower comes from hating someone else. This country is fundamentally racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and classist. It's not the greatest country in the world. It is a country with a vast potential for greatness, that has just majorly shit the bed. And not for the first time in its history.
Our superpowers come from our ability to understand each other. To listen. That most, if not all of us, act from a place of wanting to protect our families, and our communities. Our superpowers come from our ability to create, to share ideas with compassion. Our superpower is that we can, despite our many, many failings, choose to love each other.
I'm not saying don't be angry. Anyone who knows me knows I am beyond angry. I've been angry for a long time because we've been broken for a long time. Absolutely be angry. Be loud. Use your voice, support causes you believe in. Help to save the world. But be angry with the knowledge that we are all to blame. Know that there is no climbing back from this if we don't find a way to climb together. Because make no mistake, this spoiled child we have elected? He is going to fail everyone. Not just those who voted against him.
So figure out a way, through your rage, through your tears, from the corner where you've hidden away for safety.... find a way to access your superpower. Because, right now, today, this minute, we all need to step the fuck up and be heroes.
It is not enough to be mad on social media. Not enough to just yell to your friends. The difficult conversations are not going to have themselves. We cannot wait for the other side to come to us in surrender. Put your cape on and go where you are needed. Talk to people who are willing to listen, and be willing to listen to those who want to talk. No one said this was going to be easy. Saving the world never is.