What Donald Trump, and his supporters, taught us
If we’re going to build a better world that’s not subject to extremism, we need to really listen to the hopes and fears of our neighbours
Much of the world was shocked when America elected Donald Trump as president. Many reacted with fury. How could a man who spews racist and misogynistic rhetoric be chosen to lead such a powerful country?
Among the new regulations, the federal government will mandate a “stress test” that requires all homebuyers taking out insured mortgages Not only did it happen, it happened less than six months after the United Kingdom voted too leave the multi-ethnic European Union, and at a time when anti-immigrantmigrant political parties are growing in popularity in many other countries. ntries.
Has humanity takenn a step backward? Are we destined to live in a world of racism, sexism ism and isolationism?
Ancient Chinese philosopherilosopher Lao-Tzu tells us, “The key to growth is the introductionon of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” ”
It’s easy to point to the fact that many Trump supporters were white men, and thatat most women and minorities voted against him. But if we scratch ratch the surface, we see there were other factors at play.
Many Americans arere clearly fed up with the political system. Keep in mind that hat Trump was ridiculed by many long-standing members of the Republican Party. But they still chose him as s their candidate, while the Democrats choseose a longtime party insider, Hillaryy Clinton.
The people who votedoted for Trump and for Brexitexit in the U.K., and those who support similar viewpoints nts elsewhere, clearly disagreeree with the liberal ideology ogy that they have been heararing since the end of thehe
The fact that we are re shocked when the voteses are counted shows we haven’t been listening too their voice of opposition..
Perhaps the problem m is that in today’s polittically correct world, there re are too many taboo topics. cs.
People avoid expressing sing their opinions because they’re afraid of being labelled racist, sexist or closed-minded. This can be very dangerous in a democracy.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative and it was taught to me by a group of teenagers.
In my Grade 12 Social Justice class, I encourage students to do research and present a project on a genocide or human rights issue that interests them. One student approached me and said, “I would like to present on abortion as genocide.”
I panicked a bit and went to my principal. His response was, “You have to let her do it.” I took this to mean that freedom of thought is vital to our educational system. My job was to guide the student in doing credible research and presenting her findings in a way that was understandable.
The result was unbelie unbelievable. The students not only listened to the presente presenter, they replied with thoughtful alternative vie views. No one judged anyone and they agree agreed to disagree. They came away with an understanding of people on the other sid side of the issue and perhaps an opennes openness to considering their point of view.
If we’re going to build a better world that’s not subject to extr extremism, we need to really listen to the hopes and fears of our neighbours. This applies not o only to those who hold political office, but to all citizens, especially those of us in positions o of influence.
When we really listen to others, we usually find they’re more op open to our points of view as well. From there, we can work together to build a world that’s truly sy synergistic and democratic, a world where everyoneeveryo wins.
The Trump victory is not a disaster for humanity, it’s s simply a lesson that we needed to learn alongalo the way. -TROYMEDIA
Gerry Ch Chidiac is a high school teacher who has lived on four continents and speaks four languages.