November 7, 2016

Let's Redirect Our Attention

Four years ago, I was in Germany when the elections occurred. We were even excited about the election when in another country, but we were nowhere nearly as interested as we are now. 

It's encouraging and exciting to see young people engaged in the political process. On the other hand, it's disappointing that: 
1) we (myself included) judge others superficially by their political affiliations, and 
2) that our media dedicates an obscene amount of resources to sensationalizing the most minute of details about the candidates. 

It's one thing to expose truths for the public's benefit, but it's another to divert so much time, energy, and public concern from other, much more worthy, issues. 

Yes, it's an important election, but there's a disproportionate amount of coverage on very petty and repetitive topics. Even worse, the media has contributed a lot to polarizing this country. (A house divided cannot stand, remember?) 

So tomorrow, go and vote (I wish I could do the same). 
Whatever happens, happens. Yes, votes matter. Global leaders matter. 

But what matters most of all is our ability to view, treat, and love each other as human beings - you know how many problems can be overcome with that simple solution? 

Don't cave into the media's temptations to dive into a meaningless war on twitter when there are real wars going on. As much as I adore Alec Baldwin's impersonations and John Oliver's witty jokes, it's about time that I redirect my attention back to some other issues, and I urge you to do the same.

- han

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