If you follow politics here in the US, you know. Things feel weird right now. Every day is bringing us a new onslaught of information, of vile, of nastiness. I came across this Tolkien passage that I feel like sums it up beautifully.
"I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something." -Samwise Gamgee
Take heart my friends. It will end. Election day is coming. I am holding onto my belief that at the end of the day, we are one. We can see past our fear, to see each other as souls who deserve love and respect, regardless of our differences. We can get there.