Election Decompression

IMG_2764Let me start off by saying my blog post today isn’t going to be one that espouses or condemns any candidate. There’s enough of that going around already and I’m not sure at this point that I could change anyone’s mind anyway.

I’ve seen newscasts that indicate people are all stressed out over the election and are even losing sleep over it. From all of the dialog I have heard, the negative posts I’ve seen on facebook and based on the barrage of political adds out there I suppose it’s true and to a certain degree understandable.

Somehow many have seemed to have lost all objectivity as well as the ability to compromise and accept others views and ideas. Certainly I have my own views and opinions on the subject and am passionate over the issues that matter to me but thankfully not to the point where I feel the need to reject others views and opinions or unfriend them.

I’ve seen and heard too often people unfriending people over their differing views and it’s sad. If we have a “true” friend whom we like for so many reasons it just doesn’t make sense to me to cast off their friendship just because they have differing political views.

I remember in college sitting around with friends (yes I can still remember back that far) over some beers or other stimulants debating the issues of the day along with the meaning of life and somehow after all of the debating we walked away still friends. That’s the way it should be and I hope we don’t or haven’t lost that ability.

It’s those differing views that after all make a country or world great and lead to positive change. If we all thought the same way then the world would be a pretty boring place.

Bottom line, after the election, regardless of who wins or loses, the sun will come up, people will go to work and school and life will continue. I also believe in our system of checks and balances in government and am certain if we do elect a president that is not fit to serve then that system will deal with it properly.

We’ve had tons of elections in the past and in most cases those elections have been close meaning around 50% of the population was disappointed in the outcome. Somehow, despite that we’ve managed to survive and prosper as a nation. Just think how much better shape we’d be in though if we could add a lot more compromise to the equation.

So let’s all take a deep breath, keep things in perspective and decompress. After all, the good news is that in less than a week there won’t be any more political attack adds bombarding us ( well, at least for a while).

Thanks for checking in and unless we all go bonkers after the election I’ll look forward to seeing you back here again next week.

Aloha, Paul

About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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