In trying to empathize and understand their plight we're missing the pink elephant in the room that is causing the real problem
By Natalie Lovejoy, composer/lyricist
“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. “
– Dalai Lama XIV
“If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're gonna get selfish, ignorant leaders.”
― George Carlin
There is a rhetoric that has cropped up in social media, the news, and even from the mouths of politicians. “We need to understand the Trump voter. We need to hear his/her cries of pain; pain from job-loss, a shrinking middle class, poverty.” Michael Moore said it in his documentary. Bernie Sanders just said it in his first official post-election statement. I’ve had many big-hearted Democrat friends posting about it in the last 48 hours on Facebook.
I would like to offer a different perspective on the Trump voter that, while maybe not as pretty or safe, is ultimately more helpful. I believe people voted for Trump not out of a desperate cry for help but out of ignorance, which is something they are choosing to be and therefore should not be defended as if it’s a race, religion, or way of life.