Where is the Love?

What has this world come to?

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As I am writing this I am still in denial. Not in denial that Trump won, because obviously ‘democracy’ has spoken but I am in denial because what is more obvious, is the lack of humanity left. When I heard about the outcome of the elections I was speechless for the rest of the night and to be honest, I literally cried myself to sleep. All night, the questions I kept asking myself were: where is the love and what has become of this world?

Up to the election, I thought that the world was progressing. I thought that people were respecting one another more, I thought that people were more ethical and I thought that this progression will continue. But then I realised that everything seemed to be a façade. Deep down for millions of people in America, they were hiding their true colours and when the time was ‘right’ for them to show them, they weren’t pretty. They were downright ugly. And I- a citizen of this world, is truly mortified.

America has always been the leader of the ‘Free world’ where many countries are affected by the actions of the Americans. Sometimes good, sometimes devastating. Ultimately, America is the most powerful country on earth and two days ago Americans had elected someone, who in my opinion could make devastating impacts to humanity. Nonetheless, from what I gathered, it wasn’t really Trump that people were voting, Americans voted for the values that they had. Americans had voted for fear, racism, sexism, homophobia, prejudice and self-interest. This is really scary for those who are discriminated and so I am praying for all the minority groups in the United States.

I noticed that a lot of people believe that the government does not affect them or that they are immune to policies but in reality, public policy affects everyone of us from the day we are born, to the day we die. However, it was really shocking for me to learn that 46.9% of eligible voters did not vote for the election. I clearly remember my public policy lecturer saying that everyone knows that Hillary will win but what she was scared of, was that because everyone believed that Hillary will win, they might not turn up to vote. And that was exactly what had happened. So not only did Americans voted for white supremacist values, they didn’t even vote at all for the sake of their future.

Now there has been major protests and riots around the United States in response to the outcome of the elections and even if it might not change things (as in change the elected President), I hope it makes people aware that every single vote counts and that public policy affects every single person.

Therefore, I believe that everyone should be educated about public policy and how politics work in the context of the country they live in. A lot of people talk about politics but really, most of them have no idea what they are talking about. People need to learn the importance of public policy and how it affects them, they need to learn how the voting system work and the power that each government officials have, ultimately people need to learn that they also hold power in their hands to choose who they want to lead their country.

Initially, I had a lot of anger and sadness in response to the elections but now I have a lot of hope. I hope that we all learn a lesson from this. I hope that the world will still be a safe place to live in. I hope that the rest of the world will not succumb to a world of hatred. I hope that people will unite to have a brighter future together. I hope that we will find love and trump all the hate that we are seeing today. Ultimately, I hope that we recover humanity or at least hold on to the little humanity left.

Watch the new version of ‘Where Is The Love’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsRMoWYGLNA

Author: thegirlinthewineredscarf

I'm a '97, Malaysian, Muslim, westernised, Rumi loving kiwi and feminist, who is still a bit naive at times but have a lot of wisdom to tell you. This blog will have a bit of everything such as faith, poetry, makeup/beauty and life/relationships advice, reviews, responses to current events, travel and maybe some fashion inspo. My starting this blog was due to an epiphany where I realised that this life is too short to be closed minded, to have not experienced life or at least tried to pursue your passions or dreams. I hope to inspire, advise or give you another perspective on things that matters or doesn't really matter. If my posts had put a smile on your face, made you think or sets a fire to your soul, then please let me know in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “Where is the Love?”

  1. love wasnt on the ballot. all of that was marketing, and fake.

    i was protesting the illegal, farcical iraq invasion before it even started, when it was a rumor. hillary shouldnt have voted for that war. in 2006, she shouldnt have voted for trumps stupid wall (but she did.) people listen to rhetoric and sound bites instead of just looking at voting records– the voting record showed corruption, money, and death. some token selling points are there, too.

    all that was on the ballot was corporate sellout posing as love, war posing as peace, and the status quo posing as progress.

    if you wanted a female candidate, you should have voted for stein– you voted for a criminal instead, and you got trump.

    if you wanted unity behind a good candidate that could actually win, you shouldnt have divided the bernie vote. hillary was the choice of the older, unimaginative generation– hillary was a pro-corporate, pro-war, status quo choice. if you wanted love, you should have voted for someone that loves humanity– not just someone you love who never ever cared about you or your rights (but certainly pretended to.) for what its worth, i dont like trump either. he wont be a good president.

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    1. Thank you for the comment. It really resonated with me. Everything you said were true. But America had to choose out of the two evils and I could honestly say that it was a tough decision to make, and decide which one is the lesser evil. Both sides of the parties had their pros and cons but the reality was that Hillary had more experience and education with politics whereas Trump have no experience with politics whatsoever. What makes me concern is that he can’t even control his tweeting rants so why did the people who voted for him give him access to nuclear codes? He is impulsive. That I don’t understand because its too risky for humanity. However, it’s still early days and he could prove the rest of the world wrong where not only he really does make America great but promote peace and make relations between different countries good as well- which I am also hoping for. But when I say ‘great’ Im not only referring to the economy but also social structure that it could have where people are more respectful, caring and understanding of each other and where it embraces the minority groups and not exclude them or even ban them. Although we can’t really do anything about the elected President, people of America needs to show or change their values that they have to create the image and the reality that they truly want to pressure the government in order for them to progress as a ‘great’ country.

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      1. > America had to choose out of the two evils and I could honestly say that it was a tough decision to make

        america must Not choose out of two evils. when you vote, you put your name on the things your representatives do. if they kill without good reason, if they steal from americans, you helped them do it. the only way you can vote for the lesser of two evils is if you begin to impeach them the moment they are guilty of crimes that go against humanity and your conscience– but not voting for them is a lot easier!

        in the short term, it is about who wins. but in the long term, voting is meaningless unless we can build a system where only the greatest of men and women are electable.

        to accomplish that, you must be able to take chances on THE RIGHT PERSON when you vote. you cant play the numbers game, or the lesser of two evils will get more and more evil, until anything good about the country is gone.

        so vote for long term good, and you will have long term good. vote only for short term good, and you will have long term evil.

        > Hillary had more experience and education with politics

        but she is a bad person, and her voting record proves it. weve had good presidents and senators (better than her) with no experience, really. experience is nice, but its no substitute for a good person.

        > What makes me concern is that he can’t even control his tweeting rants

        bill clinton couldnt even control his affairs *while literally in the oval office* and still we trusted him with executive power. there are many things still wrong because of his leadership, but his stupidity didnt end the country (it destroyed mexico however.)

        > Although we can’t really do anything about the elected President

        oh, people can outweigh the president.

        if people were more involved in politics, and not just long enough to get someone into the white house, people could use congress and the senate to push against the president all the time.

        checks and balances (where they still exist) allow americans to push at the government from different angles on a daily basis.

        all you have to do is use the tools given to you by the constitution– but if you elect a bad president this time (and we were going to either way) then its a lot more work now, working to keep the government good with a crappy leader, rather than working to keep the government good with a good leader.

        best to you. cheers.

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