For the first time in United States' history, we have an autocratic movement in our country. Seventy-five million people have some soul searching to do and take responsibility. Before we "come together," the wound created between us needs to be cleaned out before it can heal.
The day after Donald J. Trump was elected, my three freshmen granddaughters, Sunnie, Sophie, and Elizabeth texted me. We'd discussed Mr. Trump's misogynistic behavior. Of all the back-and-forth texts the one that gut-punched me were two words from Sunnie, my multiracial granddaughter; "I'm scared.”
Some of us feel that our voices and opinions don't matter. When I feel negative, I see it the same way. But this is changing. Democracy has always been about all voices, but in actuality this worthwhile aspiration was impossible to put into practice. Today, the internet is the tool making this a reality. But there is a catch.
Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist, says that "time and again our mind makes up all kinds of shit that has no basis in reality." Our perceptual world, how we see things, is dramatically influenced by our brain and filtered by experiences.