anonymous asked:

This past week since the election has been scary and depressing... and as someone who isn't over 18 I feel absolutely helpless. Do you know of anything that I can do to make a difference?

First, I empathize with you because I too, have been experiencing these feels. I apologize for not replying to this (way) sooner, but I was dealing with it in my own private way as well. Second, you should know that not only are you not alone, but the diagnosis for such emotional turmoil has been outlined distinctly by @robertreich

1. Normalizer Syndrome. You want to believe Trump is just another president—more conservative than most, but one who will make rational decisions. You’re under a grave delusion. Trump and his ultra-conservative cabinet pose a clear and present danger to America and the world.

2. Outrage Numbness Syndrome. You are no longer outraged by what Trump says or does because you’ve gone numb. You can’t conceive that someone like this is our president so you’ve shut down emotionally. Maybe you’ve even stopped reading the news. Please get back in touch and re-engage with what’s happening.  

3. Cynical Syndrome. You’ve become so cynical about the whole system—the Democrats who gave up on the working class, the Republicans who suppressed votes around the country, the media that gave Trump free air time, the establishment that rigged the system—that you say the hell with it. Let Trump do his worst. Well, you need to wake up. It can get a lot worse.

4. Helpless Syndrome. You aren’t in denial. You know that nothing about this is normal and you desperately want to do something to prevent what’s about to occur. But you don’t know what to do. You feel utterly helpless, powerless and immobilized.

Reich urges, “Instead of falling prey to one of these syndromes, I urge you to take action—demonstrate, make a ruckus, join with others, demand your members of congress also resist, commit yourself to changing American politics. Fighting Trump will empower you. And with that power you will not only to minimize the damage, but also get this nation and the world back on the course it must be on. We need you in the peaceful resistance.”

Recommended reading: Ross Douthat’s Books for the Trump Era’ (NY Times)‘Here are the books you need to read if you’re going to resist Donald Trump’ from Marie Myung-Ok Lee‘NINE MUST-READ BOOKS IN THE AGE OF DONALD TRUMP’ by NINA BURLEIGH

Also read: ‘The Future Is Better Than You Think’ by @peterdiamandis; ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined’ by Steven Pinker; ‘Tomorrowland’ by Steven Kotler; ‘The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark’ by Carl Sagan; and just generally familiarize yourself with Diamandis and those of his forward-thinking-future-doing ilk. Read ‘Peter Diamandis Is The Author Of Technology’s Future’ from @forbesmagazineonline to get you started. 

Above all, as Reich said, get involved. On the side of politics, simply engage with others so that you put yourself in a more inclusive mindset where ideas can foster into tangible alternatives or concepts for change and social action. Sign petitions, write to Congress, join Facebook groups and find out what’s going on in your area. On the forward-thinking, science side of things, stay informed on technology trends, economic reports on emerging industry, and frame your daily perspective with the future in mind, not the bleak picture being painted by the artists formally known as the party of Lincoln. 

Stay curious, my friend. March and Stand Up for Science. 

A Prayer

Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.

– George Washington, Prayer