Stages of Grief

It's hard to believe that it's true, that fear and hatred and intolerance have won out over progress and peace and tolerance. I know it's difficult for many of us to live in this country right now, especially those of us who reside in 'red states'. I really do feel that part of all of us has died. We started this country on such high hopes and great ideals. Since then, the minority has always pushed for the evolution of our society, while the frightened and self-righteous majority stubbornly clings to their security blanket of faith without evidence.

Even among friends, there are some who voted for fear. I asked one of my friends recently who she voted for. She said Bush. I asked her why. She said, "Because of terrorists, I guess. They're some scary people." I just nodded my head sadly at that point. No use using logic to dispell the illogic of voting for a warmonger who creates terror because one is afraid of terrorists. What could I possibly say to her and all the others who, despite the facts of botched policies in Iraq, degraded civil rights and individual freedoms and the evidence of deception to fool us into thinking those actions were right or different, still support this administration? Sadly, we can not use logic and evidence to convince those who said yes to four more years of repression, war, deficits and lies.

Even so, I am proud of those who stand strongly in the Reality-Based Community. We know it's always an uphill battle to bring real change and progress to the world. There will always be those who back the Hitlers and the Mussolinis and the Milosevics and the Saddams and the Sharons and the Bushs. Unfortunately, those people who stand alone in their dissent of any of those 'leaders' are repressed, portrayed as insurgents or radicals or heretics. Thankfully, those societies that support murderous regimes come to grips with reality at some point. Unfortunately, it takes a horrible fall for the country in order for that to happen. Is that our fate? Do peacemakers now have to pray for catastrophy in this country so that the blind will see? I pray they begin to see without that happening, but what else will open their eyes? So far, nothing sways those who refuse to look. Thank goodness for those who were once supporters and then began to see the light. Especially those who worked within the system and now find themselves outside of it, by choice or not, because they dared to cry foul.

Sorry Everybody is a site for all those who would like to apologize to the world and let them know that almost half of us (or more, depending on whether you believe the election results are real) see reality and know the truth. Click on 'gallery' to see the pictures and submit one of your own if you are so inclined. I sure can empathize with the man who shot himself at Ground Zero over the election results, but for the sake of my world and my country and my family, I will never ever give up. I hope all of you are well, and that you are not giving up either. We need all the logic and love and tolerance right now that we can get.