Like many other Americans–actually, like many others around the globe–I was, and remain, appalled by the outcome of the presidential election. The man who occupies the Oval Office is the antithesis of everything I revere in others, and of what I myself strive to be. I believe it’s safe to say that the only things that he and I have in common are the facts that we are 1) carbon-based life forms who were 2) born in New York.
“…[N]either [Nixon nor George W. Bush] was anything like as humanly impoverished as Trump is: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of seventy-seven words that is better called Jerkish than English.”
Impoverished. Ignorant. Apt adjectives. One adjective Roth didn’t use was ugly, but it’s one that can be rightly applied to so many aspects of Trump’s being, above all the divisiveness of his rhetoric. He’s an ugly human being–and I’m not referring to his physical appearance.
So, what to do? Again, like so many others, I’ve spoken with my wallet, making donations to The Trevor Project, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the National Resources Defense Council, Equal Justice Initiative, and a scholarship fund established in memory of Gwen Ifill (God, I wish she were here to help us all make sense of things). I need to do something with more of an activist flavor though, but haven’t hit upon the best solution. As I recently stated in a Facebook comment to a friend, “In a roughly 30 second flight of fancy yesterday afternoon, I considered running for my district’s House seat in 2018!” (Not an option: the fundraising that would be required would be the end of me).
So while I continue to mull over my options for a meatier form of opposition, I decided to resuscitate my blog. My intent, when I started it back in March of 2013, was to write about fleeting moments of beauty in different works of art (see About This Blog for more detail). I had a very small following (emphasis on small) and after a labor of love that generated 82 posts–on topics as varied as Bach, Tom Waits, Brahms, Philip Larkin, Joni Mitchell, Tennyson, and David Bowie–I closed it down exactly one year after I’d started it.
But I find I’m needing to write about–and share–beauty, to counteract that aforementioned ugliness. So I’ll resume making posts about things that I find beautiful, or that flick my Joy switch. It may all amount to so much spitting in the wind, but I’ll give it a go.
And joy seems like a good place to start with this second round of mine in the blogosphere. There’s plenty of it to go around in this incredible video. Enjoy.