Since his election, Trump has met with 81 executives to hear their thoughts on regulation, manufacturing, and trade. Looking at who the president has chosen to meet with offers insight into the direction he wants to take the country, as well as how he leads.
“…a chasm opened in the earth and out of it coal-black horses sprang, drawing a chariot and driven by one who had a look of dark splendor, majestic and beautiful and terrible. He caught her to him and held her close. The next moment she was being borne away from the radiance of earth in springtime to the world of the dead by the king who rules it.” —— Edith Hamilton
If you’re familiar with German, you’ve surely heard the phrase “einen
Augenblick!” But an Augenblick (literally “eye-glance”) is usually a longer period of time than the word suggests.
Augenblickcomes from Auge (“eye”) and Blick
(“glance”). It defines a very short period of time (like the glance of
an eye). The best English equivalent is “blink of an eye”, but the
English language does not have a single word to describe
a very short moment.
In German, a cashier might tell a customer to wait one moment while she
checks the price of an item. In German she may say, “einen Augenblick!”.
In English, however, you cannot say “wait for a blink of an eye”; it
does not make sense. You could perhaps say “wait one second”, but the
metaphor of an eye-blink/glance would
not exist here.
As we all know, Germans love metaphors. Most likely, if you are telling
someone to wait for an Augenblick, you don’t mean it literally. A
blink of an eye takes 300 to 400 milliseconds (which is about one-third
of a second). A glance can be a little longer, but it is not defined.
If you’re asking someone to wait
einen Augenblick for you while you finish tying your shoes or
while you respond to an e-mail, you are ensuring them that you will be
quick, but realistically, you will take at least several seconds or
einen Augenblick is faster that ein Moment. An Augenblick is the fastest way a “short moment” can be described in German.
[image description: a graphic featuring text laid over two boxes of different shades of blue.
the first box is smaller and contains two headings, “So your buddy’‘s disabled:” followed by “How Can I Help?” in quotation marks.
the second box is larger and contains a list of five subheadings and descriptions, which are as follows:
1. Pity parties are boring. I don’t need you to tell me how awful my life must be or how sorry you are that I have to deal with it. I don’t care. I’m doing exactly the same as everyone else - managing with what I’ve got.
2. Don’t assume I’m incapable. I can still open doors for myself and hold a conversation. Even with a crutch. Blind-blowing, I know. It’s frankly a little insulting how quickly people will rush to ‘help’ me when I’m using a mobility aide. If you’re not sure, then ask first! Or alternatively, wait for me to ask you.
3. Let me grab you on the stairs. Stairs fuckin’ suck and I may have to grab something very quickly in order to avoid collapsing. Sometimes that something may be you and I am always very grateful for your presence in this situation.
4. Meet in accessible spaces. If you choose to sit somewhere I can’t get to, i.e. upstairs, then I’m left with three options: a) I kick up a fuss and make you move, b) I get hurt by forcing myself to join you, or c) I sit on my own. None of these options are ideal for any of us but they could all be avoided if you’d sat somewhere else.
5. Listen to me. My condition and how I’m feeling with it changes from day to day, and what was fine yesterday might not be today. I will always try my best to communicate what I can and can’t manage; all you need to do is keep an open mind and listen to what I’m telling you.]
Not all of these points will apply to everyone with a disability, but certainly the 1st, 2nd and 5th should apply to almost everyone. I often find that nobody really knows what to do when they discover that I’m disabled, and I’m often asked “how can I help?” but never have much of an answer, so I finally thought I’d put together a masterlist for my friends to take a look at.