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Life After Trump Victory

Dear Ones,

I'm just now getting over being stunned by the results of the presidential election in the United States.  For the third time in my life, I am ashamed of being an American.  (Sorry if that offends some readers, but it truly is a fearful thing to me that this man is going to be the next president.)  I will just leave it at that.

On other fronts,  I seem to be in a season of making new friends, and that feels very good, indeed.  Dave (Not to be confused with my longtime friend "David") is relatively new to the island.  He's an American  who was here forty years ago when he was in the Peace Corpe.  He met and married a Filipino back then and then moved back to the States, where they have lived for the past 38 years.  Now that their children are all grown and on their own, and Dave has retired, they decided to spend their retirement years here.  Rebecca, Dave's wife,  is a wonderful woman, and I have a sense that we are going to be good friends.  Now my every-other Wednesday foot massage afternoon includes lunch at the "Shack" with both Puri and  Rebecca.  What fun to have a ladies afternoon out!

Last month I invited the five expats living on the island who I knew about to my home so that we could get to know one another.  This week we had our second meeting, and I think we may just become a rather good group together.  Bjorg owns two boats and goes to Bohol Island twice a month so that he can take advantage of the much lower prices at "The Market".  One of his boats seats about 20, so he has invited any of us who would like to make this trip to go along as his guest on his boat.  He typically leaves at 8:00 in the morning and is back by mid-afternoon.  It's a bit over an hour boat ride to Bohol.  So, I plan to go in January and am looking forward to it very much.  Depending upon what I find at the market, I may just make this a monthly event!

Not much else is going on.....but I thought I might at least check in before the month ends.

May We All Be Abundantly Blessed,

An Evolving Interspiritual Solitary

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That sounds wonderful. Being part of a group can give so much. Funny how relationships with other people ends up being something that builds our own relationship with ourselves as well, quite often.

I am so glad you have made new friends, and I hope your bond with them grows deep.

I hope the boat trip and the market is good fun. It sounds like something great, so I hope it lives up to it. :D

And regarding Trump... yes, it is a scary thing... But don't feel disproportionately ashamed of being American. There seems to be a rather widespread move toward right-wing, and racism in many western countries just now. I see in here in Australia too. And there was Brexit... And other things happening with right-wing parties in Europe. I don't like any of it, and Trump is impossible to ignore, but America isn't the only one involved...

I don't know what to think of it. I want to be indignant and self-righteous about it. Draw a line between the good side and the bad... but I know that doesn't help. So I have been trying to contemplate what it is that leads people to behave like this... How everything i interlinked.... How capitalism contributes... How individualism contributes... How overwork and unemployment contributes... How overpopulation contributes...

I feel like the whole structure of our western society is letting us down now. Capitalism and individualism causes so much competition, so much selfishness, so much poverty... it's getting more and more extreme as it plays out...

I am thinking about other ways society could work. Not that I can do much, but if I don't at least have a vision, then I will have nothing to dream of and work toward.

I am actually really liking Russel Brand's commentary on the subject. This is also an interesting article, and has Russel Brand's video at the bottom too, in case your internet is feeling up to it.

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