The Six Types of People in Trump’s America

31 Jan

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There are some truly terrible things happening right now and I do not want to minimize that or ignore that. Every day I am trying to balance being informed and taking action and not letting anxiety rule me. I am still working through what this current climate means for my writing and this blog, but I wrote this in my attempt to understand how we are all coping right now. I have been most of these people at different times, sometimes within the same day.

I am trying my best.

I believe the vast majority of us are trying our best.

The Six Types of People in Trump’s America

 

1. The avoider

“I just can’t bring myself to look at the news right now. It’s too much.”

2. The hysteric

“ALL I CAN DO IS LOOK AT THE NEWS AND THEN EAT AND THEN LOOK AT THE NEWS AND THEN EAT AND NOW I AM A SNARLED MESS OF A HUMAN AND NOTHING WILL EVER BE RIGHT AND THE HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF WHY ISN’T EVERYONE SEEING THIS AND HOW DID WE GET HERE?”

3. The fighter

“F*** this s***. Where’s the protest? Where are we meeting?  Not on my watch!”

4. The yogi

“There are three aspects to the ‘yoga of change.’ First is ‘tapas’ or giving yourself a new challenge. Second is ‘svadhyaya’ or self-study and reflection on what you learned. The last is ‘isvara pranidhana’ which is letting go of thinking you can control it. If you’ve done the first two, you now must let it go.”

5. The religious

Psalm 37:37 A future awaits for those who seek peace.

6. The willfully ignorant

“It’s kind of funny to watch everyone freak out haha. Please! I burned my tongue on my drink, Trump’s fault!”

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5 Responses to “The Six Types of People in Trump’s America”

  1. sarah January 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    this is actually pretty incredible. (not “actually” that you actually wrote something good, but “actually” as in actually light-hearted and relevant.) i am writing to process as well, but nothing i produce is this good/worth posting. thanks for sharing.

  2. Caroline L January 31, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    OMG I go from #1 to #2, like, every hour on the hour

    • jillianlorraine January 31, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

      Same. This week as a hysteric I tried to have a conversation with a yogi. We were speaking two very different languages at the time.

  3. Tracey Plantier February 1, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    I would like to add one more – “the accuser”. I’m seeing so much of that right now. Accusations are flying at all of us on both sides all day long. The reality is that we are a very complex society and many of us depending on our values and our religious beliefs and our life experiences can have both liberal and conservative beliefs . Hopefully we want the best of what life has to offer for everyone no matter what “side” we are on. I am trying my best to listen, learn, and share factual information without accusation. I fully admit to screaming at my TV once in awhile. We have to respond to accusations by learning and informing. We need to be open to the truth and share the truth. Most of us have family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and acquanitances that are on the other side from ourselves. We have to use those opportunities to respectfully challenge our understanding together. We have to build bridges to the future.

    • jillianlorraine February 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

      Agree to all of this. Another type I didn’t mention is “The Rejoicer” ie David Duke.

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