The point is, I really try to express myself thoughtfully.
But, there's currently a war of words raging. Between those who believe in thoughtful, artisanal expression and those who believe being authentic is saying the first thing that comes to mind. And I see the latter more and more in our culture now that we've elected a president who specializes in this reactionary and often contradictory commentary.
How did we get here?
I really wish I had the answer to this question. I wake up every morning wondering. And feeling sick to my stomach. How did we get to a point where someone who blatantly and consistently exaggerates, distorts and disrespects both people and facts with his words, simply by repeating them loudly over and over could become the voice of our nation? How did we let this happen?
But, the bigger question is where do we go from here?
In a culture fluent in emoji, but short on words. Where more people watch the movie version rather than read the book. Where we confuse reality TV shows for reality when they're really just images spliced together, often scripted, for entertainment.
We use our words.
In peaceful protest. With intention. In our community. On the phone. In print. On social media. And most importantly, by being kind and thoughtful to strangers no matter which side of the war on words they're on. For the love of humanity, let's make having a way with words relevant again.