Everything Has Two Handles

“Everything has two handles, the one by which it may be carried, the other by which it cannot.” – Epictetus, The Enchiridion, (43)

I need to acknowledge that I appear to be going through an existential crisis after the General Election. For the past several years I’ve been trying harder to do what is right and true, and I felt like I was making some progress after years and years of hedonism. I wasn’t unconscious of the weight I was pushing against, but I held that people were capable of differentiating right from wrong and when brought to their senses, would generally choose what is right.

I may have been wrong. I need to find a way forward.

It is entirely possible and appears very likely that the President-elect will, in fact, overturn as many of President Obama’s Executive Orders as possible as he has said he would. It is that very likelihood that makes urging the President to issue more Executive Orders at this point a likely waste of time.

I cannot and/or will not spend the next four years – assuming I have them – in a snit over who occupies the White House. In my opinion, that is a fool’s game that will only assure my unhappiness for no good purpose. The issues are very real, but my capacity to respond to them is limited.

I am saddened that our nation has come to this. Those who love us will not choose to exploit our fears. Sadly there is a lot of that going on now, and it pains me that we appear to be unable to enjoy a holiday without looking over our shoulders for terrorists. Fear is becoming the new normal. In my opinion, this gives our enemies their victory; they cannot hope to defeat us head on, but we are playing their game by their rules.

At the end of the day, this guy somehow managed to win against all reason. My task is to find a handle by which I can carry my share of the load going forward. I will not respond to fear with fear, to hate with hate, and I have no intention of going on the warpath every time his administration does something with which I disagree. I think that’s likely to happen a lot.

I will cherish my family and friends, and do a little community service here and there. I am ashamed that I do not know if I can put Max into a kennel and deploy to a Red State for another disaster.


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3 Responses to Everything Has Two Handles

  1. Cop Car says:

    Good luck, Harold.

  2. delaine zody says:

    Each of us who know better can do better. I plan to continue to do the good work in which I am already involved. I plan to continue to be kind to every person with whom I come in contact. I plan to stay healthy, stay in touch with friends, and pray daily. It’s all I’ve got.

  3. joared says:

    We each have to come to grips with how we’ll proceed in the year(s) to come, but can appreciate the issues on which you reflect. If circumstances would benefit from your attention, it might be worth considering there are likely a certain percentage of people who didn’t support the majority in their red state, but then…….