Strange surreal times, a dystopian universe.
Or maybe just a persistent nightmare?
I want to wake up.
I am losing friends.
Friends? I wonder.
Are they friends?
Whom do we consider friends? Real friends?
What are friends? We consider many people we know as friends.
We all want to have friends. Why?
We are social animals, we have the need to be surrounded by others.
To talk, to share, to spend time together.
We need support and understanding, security being with somebody we share our worldview.
We feel at ease, knowing a friend will understand.
Mutual respect and understanding, that’s it.
Even in disagreement.
I do not want to be careful, to avoid some topics, to lie.
That is how we talk to everybody else, those not our friends.
I want to enjoy my friend’s company, to relax, to let my guard down, not to try being somebody I am not.
Yes, we may disagree, we may argue, let our voices rise.
It will be boring otherwise, won’t it? If we agree on everything?
But there are actions, behaviors and words that are indefensible, immoral.
There are views that cannot be supported by a decent person,
By people I call my friends.
This man that the country elected to be the President of the United States.
He spewed lies, deception, hate and bigotry. This man incited violence and intolerance. He is dividing our country.
During his campaign he spoke to the lowest common denominator, awaking all that is evil in humans.
A leader of the free world?
Some of my friends are supporting this evil man. They voted for him.
Friends? Are we friends? Is there something I do not know about them?
“Avoid talking politics with them”, I have been told.
During these difficult times am I supposed to avoid discussing my fears, to not share my thoughts?
Talk about “safe” things like the weather, the kids…..What are the “safe” subjects with people we call friends?
Maybe that is what is needed to see who our friends really are?
Crises, difficult and troubling times, tragedy.
But I do know these people. People who voted for Trump.
They would help me if the need arose, they have good families, they are nice people.
And yet they elected this psychopath to be our Commander in Chief!
These seemingly decent people just disregarded all the norms of decency and trusted this man with the Presidency.
They put the future of our country in the hands of a narcissistic egomaniac.
What happened to them?
Was I wrong to call them friends?
It is so sad, so hard to be disappointed in people I respected.
I am losing friends.