Many of my friends share my views on politics, or close enough. A shared empathy for others, for making the world a better place for everyone. Very much a “for the many” approach. We understand that the ethos of supporting and helping us all to live a better life is good for everyone.
Today, with the astonishing General Election result, something we almost cannot believe, many will be pretty angry, sad, and even depressed. Most of us will be just fine, maybe even better off, but that’s not our priority. We want the same for everyone (well, perhaps not those for whom it makes sod all difference), to not need food banks, for childhood poverty to be a thing of the past, for the NHS to be safe from greed, for us to take care of the population as a whole, and yes, to have a vote on leaving the EU now that we know more about what that actually means.
I could easily slip into a low mood, but actually, that won’t help anyone, not me and not others. I cannot do anything about the result, I voted with my head and my heart in a constituency that is not likely to change. One of my friends actually did run for office in an equally staunch Tory constituency – I am in such awe of her.
It seems to me that a lot of people will need more help than ever now. There will be despair. And I need to put aside my own shock that so very many people chose the bluster over facts, the continuance of wealth for the few, the lie that Brexit will get done within the year – and do something positive. I have no idea what that is but I will. Those in need will have more need of people to support them somehow, after all. How could so many in our country have voted for this.
I truly hope things will not turn out as bad as we feel sure they will. That kindness and consideration for the whole population will prevail. This is a very weak hope.