– Politics Schmolitics
Dear Politics Schmolitics,
This is a great time to channel Michelle Obama (good thing you’re a liberal)! In dealing with your father-in-law, take a bathroom break, and recite this mantra: “When they go low, we go high” ten times. Take a deep breath. Be thankful that you believe in an American democracy with the capacity for holding multiple viewpoints. Feel compassion for the man who is threatened by the world he knew ending before his eyes, his hero discredited, and his place in the country’s hierarchy upended. And remember – this will be over in 3 weeks!
I started answering this question tongue-in-cheek, but I’m actually having to do all of these things myself. I have lost a couple of (male) friends this election cycle. As reported by therapists in articles in the New York Times, they have seen more anxiety and panic disorder since Trump was nominated than they have witnessed since 9/11. We are all unsettled, frightened by this world of rapid change and random attacks from all sides. Let’s all follow the words of the Dalai Lama, XIV, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”