But I'm not going to preach on who should have won or who was the better candidate. This is about how we, as a collective, responded.
Disclaimer: the you's and I's I've written aren't directed at you, but is written that way to help us get into the shoes of others.
We responded with mass amounts of negativity and onslaught to the rights of others. I honestly couldn't believe my eyes reading all of the "I'm so disappointed in these people," "how could you have voted this way?!", "you were wrong to have elected Trump,"etc.
If we are being honest with ourselves, was either candidates actually morally sound?
I won't argue the fact that Trump has said and done some horrendous things in the past; but Hillary is no angel either. Did we forget that she is actively being investigated by the FBI for corruption and has a past riddled with other scandals and misdealings?
One thing you have to keep in mind is that just because someone voted for Trump doesn't mean they supported Trump--it could have been because they didn't support Hillary and he was the only other option.
Think of it this way...
Imagine that you came to my house for dinner, and I gave you 2 options to choose from: a live octopus or fried cow eyeballs.
Is your choice based on wanting one over the other, or disliking one more than the other?
By assuming that one's vote is a representation of that person's own moral character, is like being disgusted that I chose to eat eyeballs. I don't want to eat eyeballs, but I'd much rather consume that than a living octopus.
In addition to judging me for eating eyeballs, what's been happening the past few days, is like people turning around and then blasting me on social media for eating eye balls.
Honestly, who has the right to judge me for that? I was presented with a particular set of choices, and I chose the lesser of 2 evils. Not only is it wrong to judge someone for that, but it also makes you into a hypocrite for doing so.
The day before the election, the message was to act on your rights and vote! It's our social responsibility to elect the next leader of our great nation!
As it turns out, that right is only valid when you vote for what I also believe to be the correct candidate.
You may not agree with what that information was or how they attained it, but that's not the individuals fault. That's a problem that needs to be addressed by us as a collective.
And this is where I'm most concerned with how this election played out--it has driven a solid divide between us as a nation.
Our government was originally created for the people, by the people. Although at times it may seem like the government is working against us, we have always stood as one--and this time it is no different!
So rather than trying to tear down others for what you believe to have been the incorrect choice, why not help educate them for next time? When a child does something they shouldn't do, do they respond best when you yell at them and make them feel like they are worthless; or when you calmly explain why what they did was wrong?
If we are getting incorrect information, then maybe it's time for a change on the sources of that information and the mass media as a whole.
I'll leave you with one final statement by one of our founding fathers, John Dickinson, "By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!"