It is Wednesday after election day and Obama won. I spent a lot of time last night removing people from my facebook feed because of their angry comments and inane nonsense. All I hear when people whine about politics is: "I'm SO SAD the world doesn't revolve around ME." I mean, you're all on facebook. You saw it. Sadly, some of my favorite friends are having this visceral reaction to Obama winning. And I was studying the anatomy of the brain today and thinking to myself, "If people would study the brain, they'd realize how capable it is of amazing things. And they'd have opinions, sure, but they wouldn't care who won elections because... look at it. It's a brain! It can do anything."
For the record, had Romney won, I would have been disappointed... but hopeful. I am always guarded and hopeful because I want to trust that someone who has worked that hard to get that far will, in most cases, try really hard to do the right thing. I am 28 years old and still believe that people genuinely are good and generally want to do good things. I hear that, if that goes away, you really abandon all hope of leading a happy life. I believe this wholeheartedly.
We are all blinded by things. Midterms. Friends dying. Family problems. Relationships falling apart. Breaking up. Losing jobs. Losing homes. Losing pets. Finals week. Bad economy.
I had an excellent sociology professor ten years ago when I was a freshman in college. In the very first lecture, he said, "Most people believe that they think the 'correct' way, and not only do they think the 'correct' way, but they spend a lot of time feeling fortunate that they think the 'correct' way, and feeling sorry for, and superior to, those that disagree with them." And so it goes that we are all on our own little planets, just motoring along, only occasionally (and sometimes brutally) reminded that the solar system doesn't actually revolve around us. So what do you do? Do you lament your situation and threaten to move to another country? Or do you find a cause you believe in and start to actually DO something about it?
Ten years later, I should really study for my regional anatomy midterm. Anatomy is my favorite class. It is black and white. And it is pretty amazing. I think, if more people bothered to truly educate and better themselves, they'd be the change they wanted to see in the world and elections would be a blip on their radars.
Here's to midterms, bettering myself, and touching lives, no matter who is president.