Yesterday I woke up to what was the beginning of a new world and one that I don’t recognise, because of the US election results.
I’m not sure how we ever got to this place, it all seems a little hazy now. Given Trump’s divisive and nasty election campaign with his on-going rhetoric, the result has considerably shaken the American psyche and political system, which no one has ever seen in the history of the American voting system.
On the back of the UK’s Brexit, America has voted for change in the shape of Donald J Trump, which has brought about elements of disbelief, concern and worry from the rest of the world and although the world looks very different now, with lots of uncertainties still to come, I still believe we must live with hope.
Time will tell how Trump’s presidency will work out for the world in the longer term over the next 4 years, only he knows how that will work out, but there’s one thing I am certain about, the world needs to heal. Individually we must heal and use reflection as a tool to see how we can do things differently next time, so that the world can now work on being less divided.
We must continue to strive for goodness, whilst we also continue to live with hope in our hearts that we can all work together for the good of mankind. The comparisons with the recent Brexit vote are clear, with parallels drawn against the establishment. It is perhaps unfortunate that lessons from the UK Brexit vote were not considered.
That said, the world must now work together through its many political, social, economic and environmental challenges and shared common values, to extend the bond and hand of international relations.