After Election Day, it’s time to take a breath

Let’s talk to each other with respect again.

Chance Wellnitz

If there’s one thing that everybody can agree on, it’s that this election season couldn’t end sooner.

Well, I’m happy to report that when you wake up on Wednesday, it’ll all be over. We did it. We made it through. But that isn’t to say we always showed the best side of ourselves during our journey here.

This election has left many people across the political spectrum feeling apathetic at best, hopeless at worst. In fact, our country’s collective despair has been the one thing holding us together, and yet, not a single one of us could muster an ounce of compassion for someone who begrudgingly supported a different candidate than the one we threw our reluctant support at.

I know what you’re thinking: “I don’t agree with everything [Candidate X] has done or said, but they’re a hell of a lot better than [Candidate Y] if I overlook everything I’d find irrevocably damning in any other circumstance. Oh, and anybody who thinks differently is a blistering idiot.”

Now let’s assume that you possess infinite knowledge and wisdom, and you know which U.S. presidential candidate, if elected, will bring peace to the entire universe. Would you (a) call out those idiots for being the idiots they are or (b) politely make the better argument for your candidate, recognizing the former choice is only counterintuitive to the goal of universal harmony?

Of course, things will never be that simple, and not a single one of us knows what the future may bring. But that doesn’t mean we can’t strive to make this journey a little more pleasant for everybody.