by Dr. Denise R. Ames
Why can’t we just get along? This is a question that I have been working on in my forthcoming book (January 2020), Divided: Five Colliding Worldviews and How to Navigate Them. I would like to share with you some ideas that I have been exploring.
Join me in this 7 part blog series in discovering how I came to studying, researching, teaching, and writing about the divide. See the divide play out in your life as well!
Election Day 2016: the Aftermath
With no sleep, I stumbled through the cruise ship’s farewell breakfast buffet. Everything seemed to be normal. Even the breakfast server seemed unfazed and a bit baffled by my passionate declaration of dire consequences awaiting the world and the cruise industry because of the election.
All of the pessimistic warnings came to naught but I was in enmeshed in an emotional and irrational fury. I gathered my baggage and took the bus to the airport. I chatted with several people; some who were as stunned as I was while others said they thought Trump would be a good president and his ideas were sorely needed. I thought they must be delusional and not know that dangers lurked below the surface.
My son, a political junkie, called me at the Venice airport to hear my thoughts on the election and rant a bit, well, a rant a lot, about the events. He attended an election viewing party with his neighbors near Arizona State University in Tempe, and they all staggered home in disbelief. He hoped I didn’t have any trouble getting home from Europe to the U.S., as if perhaps Europeans would seek revenge on an average American citizen who could have possibly voted for Trump. Actually, I made it home safely and without incident.
As I made my way back to the United States, my depression intensified as the political reality sank in. What could have happened? I read everything I could about the election to see why the key Rust Belt states went for Trump, although by a narrow margin. What was his appeal? I started to realize that I had missed, along with many other people, an important trend in American culture: an intense dissatisfaction with the prevailing powers by a large swath of the American public. I was fascinated with this shift and was committed to understanding more about it.
My investigation into the question about the cultural divide, however, would have to wait several months; more immediate events were at hand: my daughter prematurely gave birth to twins, a boy and girl. My help was needed in New York City for several months. I happily switched my attention from politics to grandmotherly duties.
About the Author:
Dr. Denise R. Ames is a long-time educator, grade 7-university, author of seven books, and president of an educational non-profit, Center for Global Awareness, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. CGA provides books, resources, and services with a holistic, global- focused, and perspective-taking approach for their three programs: Global Awareness for Educators, books and resources for educators and students grade 9-university; Gather, Global Awareness Through Engaged Reflection, a self-organizing study and conversation program for adults focusing on seeing different perspectives of pressing global issues; and their most recent program Turn, Transformative Understanding and Reflection Network, which encourages lifelong and transformative learning to help us arrive at a place of personal and global well-being using a seven “path” approach.
For more about worldviews see Dr. Ames’ book Five Worldviews: How We See the World. $9.95