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Silence

Politics is not the point of this blog, so I won’t go into too much here.

But politics is not something that’s limited to one piece of existence, and I also will not stay silent.

I’m trying to think of ways to act now that Trump is going to lead the country attached to my chosen home. Maybe at some point I’ll have a clearer idea of what to do.

One thing is for certain: I will no longer choose silence.

It doesn’t matter how afraid I am of being wrong, or having people correct me over something that should have been obvious. That’s how I’ll grow. It doesn’t matter that I know people I love don’t always agree with me,  because that’s life.

Things will get back to normal around here as I start knitting again (it’s been an odd few weeks, with the last week the worst) but things aren’t going to be the same anywhere else.

If you need to talk to someone about all of this political nonsense or if you have a question you don’t want to ask out loud or in public, now is the time to contact me. I think it’s really important that we stay connected now more than ever. Comment or email me at polo [dot] lonergan [at] gmail [dot] com.

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8 thoughts on “Silence

  1. I’ve never held strong political views or felt the desire to voice opinions on a greater stage but I do think we should speak up about anything that means something to us and give a voice to people who can’t necessarily do so themselves. We are riding the Brexit backlash over here , or at least starting to. It is very disconcerting when your ruling government is in freefall. I wouldn’t even know where to begin with what is happening over there at the moment. At least with Trump you know he’s an obnoxious bully before he starts. Good luck

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    1. I have no idea how to start either. I’ve been so angry about things for so long: the refugee crisis, then Brexit, then this. It’s a lot to take in and I have reached my breaking point. But it’s good because it’s giving me the determination to try to make a difference.

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    1. This is a really good point. I think you’re awesome to brave it out and talk about those issues considering all the taboo. I find it difficult to talk about mental health (at least my own) so I do my best to try to when I can. ❤

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    1. You’re very welcome. It’s a horrible time for so many people. I’d usually say “I wish I could do more” but now… well, I don’t wish, because I’m going to figure it out and wishing is not as good as action.

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  2. One of the huge gigantic problems facing blogging of this type (crafy blogging, lifestyle blogging, etc. where the dominant voices demand a constant stream of “positivity”) is the implicit censorship of the blog author’s real opinions and feelings in the face of something important to the blogger. Given the randomness of how blogs seem to become popular I’ve actually decided to go against this attitude of “there’s too much negativity in the world” which, actually, translates to, “if you don’t like something, shut up, it doesn’t sell.” In the end, this attitude is silly because no matter what you say or what you do, you can become popular. Look at how Trump became president. He wasn’t even popular. So, maybe the knitting world can take a break from pressuring bloggers, podcasters, designers, craft teachers, et. al. to shut up when they have something “negative” (which is really constructive criticism) to say. It’s quite evident that criticism is fine. It doesn’t hurt your business. No need to censor people with a culture of “positivity” (notice how I’m using the quotes? I’m doing that correctly and intentionally). I have no qualms, for example, about saying that this year’s presidential election was the worst thing that could ever happen to my native country. I also have no qualms about saying that I’m grateful I don’t have to live in the doomed place.

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