The Vote that Really Counts Today

A few weeks ago, a co-worker and I conducted conducted a few Audits for some of our suppliers. The second, was a very laid back audit, the facility wasn't large which meant we'd be able to get home without bruised feet. As always, everyone was extremely kind, but during the second audit, the elections came up. And so did hope. 

Unfortunately, this election season Hope has been somewhat missing from many after Bernie Sanders. The race has become a matter of voting for the lesser of two evils, or the candidate you hate the least. But there are some, more so followers of Donald Trump, from what I've seen, that still carry hope. Pain misguides us all, but the possibility of Hope, of a better world, can make the worst things seem... mundane. What's a sexual assault compared to a world where you can feed your family? What's Islamophobia, compared to peace of mind from Terrorists? And so on and so forth. I am not condoning any of the things that Donald Trump has done or said, but there's something to be said about Hope in a time when Hopelessness has overwhelmed the vast majority of us. Believe it or not, I'd rather stand on the side of hope, and redirect it, than a side with none; I have buried myself in Hopelessness for far too long to return to it. 

It's interesting, because the hope that drives Trump Supporters is the one thing that's breaking the rest of us down. One individuals Hope can be another's Venom. And hope in Trump is toxic to those of us that have gone against everything he's been saying for so long. 

One individuals Hope can be another’s Venom.
— Ahmad Abojaradeh

What I worry about is not Trump winning this election, or Hillary Rodham Clinton winning. I worry about the hope. Just like hope can be toxic to some, it can be destructive when lost. I worry about the day Trump Supporters wake up and see their world has not changed for the better. In our world, we have the capacity of transferring Hope into Pain and anguish. We can direct the best of things, in the worst of ways, and cause destruction far beyond belief. Our pain, all our pain, is very real, and I for one would rather we turn our pain into revolutions and movements for change, instead of building walls, ostracizing groups of people, and starting wars. The US has been in pain for far too long, and it has spread this pain into every corner of the world, wreaking havoc in an otherwise peaceful world. This election, we need to change that. 

I understand the desperate times that we're in. We're working with a corrupt system that upholds an Oligarchy. The threat of a Trump presidency is terrifying to most. But we can always carry hope. Hope of a better world, that regardless of the outcome today we can continue taking a stand for the issue that matter, and if nothing else all this should show us how desperately we need to create a better world. A better world where accessibility is the norm, a better world where we can Belong, regardless of race, sex, gender, orientation, ability, or anything else. We deserve that kind of world, and what this election has showed us is that we haven't been doing a good enough job in creating it. It's not because we're not good enough to create this new world, because we are. Our failure is because these things have not been our priority over the last 300 years. Well today, with this election, and everyday after, let's carry the hope that a better world is possible, and make it OUR priority. A President does not change the world alone. All Social change has had to come from the people, from going out into the streets, from our words and actions, and demanding a better, more worthy of us, World. 

Today, I plead with you to reconsider your views of the world, and how hope fits into it. Today, I ask you to vote for Hope. 

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Ahmad Abojaradeh is the Co-Founder of Muslim Community Link, An Engineer, a world traveler, a Peer Support Specialist, a Novelist and the founder and editor of Life in My Days. He hopes to spread awareness of living a life of wellness through his writing, workshops and speaker events. Follow Ahmad on twitter, instagram or facebook

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