Now is the hour for absolute courage. We are exhausted, we have battled the beast for so long - for all our lives, some of us. We may feel despair. But remember - we are winning. All over the world, lights are shining, forests are being replanted, we are winning. In some places, though, the beast had its claws dug in deep. And so the fight must go on. Have courage, have courage, be strong!
Those of you in the darkness, don't feel bereft. And don't feel embarrassed by what the election results showed of your culture. Everyone else already saw long ago your wonderful brilliance and your awful shadow. (We have one too.) But look out at the world - we are holding up a light of sympathy, love, hope, for you.
But first, a moment for weeping. And for despair. It's important. It gives perspective to the danger. And the danger is real, deep, spiked with tooth and nail. The most powerful country in the world is going to be led by a mentally deranged abuser who lies to a pathological degree, and he is going to be supported by an unchecked government of radicals, misogynists, and climate change deniers who are in the pocket of fossil fuel companies.
I don't know how much choice we have in preventing the disasters sure to come. All the protesting in the world won't matter when you have no leverage. But I wrote the other day about an army of the kind. I believe now that is what we must become. And I mean all of us, all over the world. Our economies, our safety, our hopes, are threatened by America's vote. But the tragic election result has at least handed us a challenge, an opportunity, to walk our talk. To help the poor. To stand up for the minority. To plant and protect whatever bits of the natural world we can get our hands on. To understand that our native ground is ALL the world, not just one Rock, one river.
They say this was a vote for change. They're wrong. This was a vote for keeping things the same - keeping the beast alive, the old world from dying in the light. We must all be real change. Winning comes not from electing a leader, but from growing a tree, healing a heart, taking a hand, making your space safer and better for all who enter it.