Orange Dots

Let’s face it, we’re all a bunch of narcissists. Most if not all that we do has underlying selfish intentions. I don’t say this in a scorning, wagging of the finger type of way-I’m a teenage girl I know a thing or two about narcissism-I just say this to explain why it is so easy for us to get caught up in our own world.

It seems to me that everyone is just walking around in their own individual world, in their own individual bubble. You’d think that with the mass exposure were capable of having, thanks to social media and the internet, we’d have a better perspective of the world around us. However, like a man alone in the desert, this vast openness brings out our most isolationist, close-minded tendencies. It is for this reason that many Americans feel like the beginning of a Trump presidency is the end of the world.

Now don’t get me wrong, when I google a list of U.S. presidents for a history project and see the name of a misogynist reality tv star listed under a Harvard graduate my heart goes into slight cardiac arrest as well. But let’s take some perspective on the situation with a little help from my friend Nicholas Kristof. The NY Times is the perfect cocoon of anxiety for so many Americans to wrap themselves into, so when my Pop Pop and I flipped to the op-ed page ad saw an article that read Why 2017 May Be the Best Year Ever it was almost instinctive for us to read.

Basically, what the articale says is that the U.S. is not the only country in the world. This may be the pessimist in me, but I interpreted Kristof’s endearingly genuine concern for the world as a statement to the rest of us that it’s time to take a step back from all of our problems and get some perspective. And I’m not suggesting that “there is always someone worse off than you,” because let’s face it when has that phrase ever made us feel better. All that I-and maybe even Kristof-are suggesting is to take a step back from all the chaos of the U.S. and reflect on all the positive things going on in the world as we speak. Poverty is decreasing, more and more people are receiving adequate education and following the other worldly crowd support at the historic Million Women’s rallies, it seems that this is just the beginning of an era of change.

It’s easy to feel discouraged when you watch the news to see all the unjustifiable violence and hatred spread throughout the U.S. and beyond–and it’s even more discouraging to see a man who denies the existence of climate change, supports hateful rhetoric and does little to discourage corruption, be placed in a position of power but let’s all just remember that we’ve had bad presidents during great eras before. As my Pop Pop says “Trump is just a black dot on a blank page…make that an orange dot on a blank page.”

-Charlotte

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