The Other Side We Failed to See – 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

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Seeing the astonishing and deeply disheartening results of this election makes me realize how much of a bubble I and many others are living in. We are consistently exposed to what we want to see, hear, and experience, often forgetting there is a whole other world existing outside of our own. It’s in our individual bubbles that we feel positive, safe, and encouraged. We believe that particular things to be true or will become true.

What and whom we interact with, comment on, post about, and react to are the things that can further deceive and delude us. We are blinded by our own realities which we are responsible for creating and curating. Though we are aware of our outside surroundings, we don’t realize the true depth of another world until something inside our own breaks.

Not everyone will agree with you or see things from your perspective; this we know. Not everyone will be on your side. Those people are the strangers you’re not connected to online, that you don’t expose yourself to in person, that you avoid at all costs. However, that alienation, fear, and hate is exactly the kind of bigoted rhetoric that brought us here in the first place, and it is not something that we should accept from ourselves. Move beyond this – it will be fixed in time.

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