Posted on November 9, 2016

This 09-11 feels a lot like this other 09-11. I experience the same sense of shock.

“We really need to make an effort to love and understand each other now. All of us. I, for one, will be trying my best to do this. I sincerely hope others will join me.” My colleague Branden Fitelson on Facebook, on 09-11.

“Coming together?! That is not Republicans did during the Obama (or Bill Clinton) times: they (successfully) tried to block their every step, for 8 years. In a way, they only did their ``job”. Democrats need to learn this art fast: there’s nothing else to do. So, well, yes: you guys should indeed come together to oppose Trump policies every step of the way. And in the meantime help to slowly educate the public, so that this never happens again. (Assuming of course that there’ll still be free elections next time: I am an optimist. :-))" My colleague Alexandru Baltag, on Facebook.

“I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair.” Paul Krugman in the New York Times.

Yes we must educate, we must teach. But we must also reflect, we must learn to understand why and how this could happen. There are grim lessons there. And we must put all of our heart and soul in how we learn, how we teach. This is a call to arms.

“You cannot give to someone else, but only to yourself, and this you learn through teaching. Teaching is but a call to witnesses to attest to what you believe. It is a method of conversion. This is not done by words alone. Any situation must be to you a chance to teach others what you are, and what they are to you. No more than that, but also never less.” From A Course in Miracles.