I wonder why people chose their own downfall. And then I remember the relationship choices I’ve made. Maybe somehow we have not learned to chose more carefully. Or maybe we have not unlearned the myth that a strong man will keep us safe – possibly the biggest lie perpetuated by patriarchy.
The way I see the future of the world is bleaker than ever before. Maybe part of my mourning is also about losing my naivete, losing the ability to see things differently than they are, to see them more positive than they are. Reality is that the US democracy was already deeply undermined by the greed of the few. While the 1960s and 1970s had brought us closer to actually fulfilling the promises made in the US Constitution, these strides were blocked and undermined everywhere. The systematic undoing is only obvious to me now in hindsight: From gerrymandering to undermining education; from pushing religion to disempowering unions.
If Aristotle is correct that the family is the building block of society, we built a democracy onto an authoritarian institution. While some families might have become more egalitarian, the basic structure of the family remained hierarchical. If we do not train our children in democracy, how can we expect them to turn away from autocrats?
Although based on election analyses, it was the older folks who liked the autocrat, who want to turn away from progress, who are sacred of change. So, maybe it’s the unlearning that didn’t happen driven by the belief that somehow people will just change.
Just like there are lots of reasons for the election having turned out the way it did, I am sure the deeper, psychological causes are also manifold. If we truly want to change the tide, we will need to understand those causes. Hopefully, it’s not too late.