Taking Election Results like a Stoic

by VanessaVaile

more post election “What now?” reflections ~ or should that be #WhatNow? (if not yet a hashtag, it should be). Despite an excess of post-elections collections in progress, I started a What now? one yesterday that is already up 28 — 29 with this link. It will probably be a series.


Whenever any disturbing news is brought to you, you should have this thought ready at hand: that news never relates to anything that lies within the sphere of choice.

—Epictetus, Discourses, 3.18.1.

“The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency,” writes David Remnick in today’s New Yorker cover article, “is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism.” Remnick is, of course, far from alone in his frustration and fear. “I think mostly it’s a heart-breaking identity crisis,” a close family member confided to me from overseas this morning: “this vote tells us ‘You don’t belong here.’ The emotion is like someone close to us has died, it’s that strong. It’s the feeling of our whole country rejecting us.”

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