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

La Jornada (Canada) - - ACTUALIDAD -

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

Cold War.

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.

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