What Do We Do Now?


Today’s Topic: What Do We Do Now?

It seems that in the last several days, the vitriol and pessimism and acrimony and gloom about our upcoming change in leadership have been flowing at full force. Maybe I’m just seeing it that way because of the fierce deluge from a slightly right-slanted social media and traditional media populous, but there seems to be so much negativity right now.

There’s not much doubt that few amongst us foresaw a Trump presidency as an actual possibility. In fact, I’ll wager that there are more people today denying and unable to accept this reality than there were first predicting it. Most anybody reading this can outsmart me about a lot of things, especially on the political front, but one thing you can’t outsmart is reality: the approximately 63 million voters, nearly 25% of eligible voters, and most importantly, the majority of electoral votes, went for Mr. Trump, and will he become President Trump tomorrow. That said, nearly 75% of eligible voters voted for someone else, or simply didn’t vote; nobody can claim to have “won over the country.”

So what are you going to do? Be nothing but pessimistic? Believe that the world is coming to an end? Not be open to the possibility that things will work out?

Maybe I’m naïve – and if you want to think it’s all doom, then maybe you’ll be right – but I believe that good will win out over evil, that more people will benefit by change than will be harmed by it, that there are many and mostly good, smart and capable people who do nearly all of the hard work in our little worlds and in the country at large, and I believe that things usually work out for the best because that’s what most people want. And truthfully, in a sample size as large as 325 million, the best is usually somewhere in the middle on most things even though our personal perspectives might desire to put “the best” somewhere closer to our preferred end.

Don’t be complacent, don’t accept everything at face value, don’t be unsuspecting, but also don’t be closed-minded, incredulous, and unwilling to see a wider spectrum of possibilities than those that result from pointing at just one person – especially if that person is somewhat of an easy target.

With that, here are a few movie quotes that come to mind on the point…

“What do we do now?” –Robert Redford in The Candidate

“What are you prepared to do?” –Sean Connery in The Untouchables

“I’d rather be an optimist and wrong than a pessimist and right.” –Walter Matthau in I.Q.

And…just to lighten things up a bit and harken to a more innocent time… 

“Oh, that’s silly. No woman could ever run for President. She’d have to admit she’s over 35.” –Katherine Hepburn in State of the Union