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How Art Can Help In Post-Election America

This past Monday I wrote a post on how this election season is showing how everyone needs to develop more empathy.   Like many of you, I had no idea that the election would turn out the way it did.

(Actually, I had a strong feeling about it a few weeks ago but I’m not going to talk about that because then people are going to start asking me for Super Bowl predictions and stock advice when I’m really only qualified to give you restaurant recommendations but, honestly I’m not a Patriots fan, but they are going to win it this year and I’m putting my money in bonds and T-bills or whatever it is where you don’t make a lot of return but it’s they’re not as risky so at least you’re not going to be eating instant ramen for the next decade.)

Call me Nostrahedonist


The results were a yuuuge surprise because the polls indicated the opposite was going to be true.   And a common question that I’ve heard from both sides was, “Who are these people?”    This is where empathy comes in – i.e. why don’t you reach out and have a civil, open-minded, conversation with one of them?

If people had more of it months ago, I’m wondering if the polls would have been quite different.   There were many people who supported him all along, but silently so.   I suppose I would be, too, if doing so would get you labeled as racist, misogynist, fascist, etc… And we know (or at least are willing to believe) that not everyone is like that.

So let’s start working on that, OK?

Meanwhile, I know that there are many, many people that are really hurt by the results. A lot of people are downright angry.  And – this is worst of all – too many are fearful.   I’ve felt all three.   Let’s give them space and, you know, empathize that this meant a lot to them.

Last week, I talked about how my kids and I are in a local production of Hunchback of Notre Dame. I know it sounds really hokey, but there’s a lot of the show that reflects real-life in America this week.

There’s the obvious plea of “God Help the Outcasts” –


There’s also the acceptance needed to know that not everything is how you want it to be –

The world is cruel
The world is ugly
But there are times
And there are people
When the world is not
And at its cruelest
It’s still the only world we’ve got
Light and dark
Foul and fair



Through rehearsals and the first couple performances, I’ve been singing a lot of Latin. But it wasn’t until yesterday that I sat down and put the words through a translator.

Right about the 1:30 mark comes these lines –

Usque hoc tempus
Cum non esset sole,
Vivunt in spe, 
Nunquam redono,

Olim mutatio


Which translates to –

At this time,
even when there is no sun,
they live in hope,
never give up,
the change shall come.


Regardless of who you voted for, that’s a message we all can stand behind.


About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

7 comments on “How Art Can Help In Post-Election America

  1. Tamara
    November 11, 2016

    Thanks!! So so important. I needed this, and I appreciate you! ❤

  2. The Dutchman
    November 11, 2016

    Empathy? Our school district is offering “grief counseling”!

    On a separate, but related topic…….

    The downside of everyone ‘gets a participation trophy’ is that no one learns how to lose. This is the first time most people under 25 have lost anything – and they don’t know how to handle it.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      November 11, 2016

      I’m ok with the grief counseling. Kids can’t help it…

      • The Dutchman
        November 11, 2016

        This is not how I wanted it to go, but I think the Board of Ed is taking things too far.

        Look forward to seeing you (and Dutch girl #2) perform this weekend

  3. anotherfoodieblogger
    November 11, 2016

    Well said! And “break a leg!”

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