Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

A call to humility and grace on the day after elections

Today, the elections are over.   In my social media feed, the winners are gloating, and the losers are crying "we are doomed!".

And so, I call on all reading these words to act with humility and grace towards one another.

If your candidates won last night: mute your celebration with sober judgment.   Now, your candidates must do more than win votes: they must lead.  Another national election will happen in two years; if your candidates fail to lead, they will be replaced just as easily as they came to power.

If your candidates lost last night: mute your sorrow with sober judgment.   The tougher task now falls to you.  It is not enough to say "you are all wrong"; it falls to you to say "here is a better way".   You have two years to make your case.

And to all of us, I say: we are citizens of one country.   Those who voted against your candidates are your brothers and sisters, your mothers and fathers, your sons and daughters.   They may disagree with you, but they are not your enemies.   They are your family.   Let us treat each other accordingly.

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