tfw you should be asleep but your heart is pounding because your country seems totally broken
— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) January 29, 2017
It’s hard to believe it’s only been a week since I wrote this, and in that time the world feels ever darker. I wish I was one of those writers who could inspire you to see beyond this moment and imagine a brighter future, but like many of you, I am thoroughly in the thick of it, looking for answers myself.
As this project from The Wall Street Journal visualizes, my Facebook and Twitter feed is filled with friends who pour their hearts out over these latest injustices, and while I am grateful for their company, the opposition that must surely exist is silent, at least in my timelines. I cannot determine if this is because they realize their mistake and are shamed, or if the algorithm only shows me want I want to see. I’m not sure it matters, truthfully, because if there are people who choose to remain steadfast in their politics regardless of what is moral and good, I do not think I want to know them anymore.
Before I moved here, like most people I did not realize that the people who live and work in Washington, DC actually have no representation in Congress. When you want to express outrage, you call your Senator or Representative; despite living 2 miles from the White House, I have no one to call, no one to own my outrage on my behalf. Thankfully, we are a city of people uninterested in remaining silent. While we work on getting representation, here are some ways we’re calling bullshit. Here’s what you can do to help.
- The speed with which they are shutting things down is stunning.
- I am not religious, but I hope that those who are find conviction in these words from the Bible.
- What to do when you’re feeling hopeless and just want to DO something.
- New executive orders emerge every day. Here’s how you can keep up.
- After listening to the Presidential podcast, I had hoped we would have a moment to assess the Obama presidency fully. Instead, I fear that we will gloss over the issues in our remembrance of a better time. It’s true, objectivity is probably dead, but in crisis, I guess that’s okay.
- McSweeney’s, you are everything good in the world right now.
- Outrage fatigue is real. Pick a cause.
- I think I can allllllmost spot David in there. Also, silver lining?
- We never knew we had it so well, until we didn’t.
Friends, I urge to take care of yourself. This is a long battle and we can not afford to grow weary or complacent. I’m making biscuits. Pretty terrible ones, if I’m being honest. Sometimes they’re flat and mostly they lack flavor, but I’m going to keep working at it, because it’s something I can put my energies into for right now. Find something that is yours and dive into when you need a break.