This Tuesday

November 11, 2016

If you know me, you know that I'm not one to voice my political opinions often, especially not via social media. But to be quite honest with you, it has been four full days and I've yet found the right words, or rather at a loss for words as to how I should express my thoughts. In the midst of all this chaotic mess, I was able to find comfort and solitude knowing that all, if not most, of my friends and those who are close to me, for the most part, have been on the side of the lesser of two evils. And while we can either go on being optimistic or pessimistic about the whole situation, there are a couple key issues that I have been thinking long and hard about.

During the election, many people were quick to point out that it felt exactly like Brexit all over again. And that made me realize how wide the gap between our generation and our parents' and grandparents' is. The country divided, that many media reporters constantly repeated over and over again, was not one that is separated by beliefs or political parties but rather understanding and compassion for one another. The responsibilities for those who came before us to raise us and for those who have been taken care of to not leave those who have fend for us is greatly equal. By that, I don't just mean monetarily but intellectually. While it might seem easier for many of us to not argue with our parents or confront them when their beliefs sound outdated to many of us millennials', we have a duty to not convince them otherwise but at least make them acknowledge our point of view as well. Collective understanding is something that arrives from meaningful discussions and conversations, and if we neglect that, we widen the gap. So, while petitioning and making Facebook statuses are important in which it raises social awareness, once in a while, take a few minutes to talk to your mom, your dad, and your grandparents. Understand them first, before asking them to be understanding of you. At the very least, if we all knew our close ones and neighbors better, Trump's triumph wouldn't have come as such a shock to many of us.

Secondly, I think that if you have not heard of the phenomenon called the 'Filter-Bubble' then I highly suggest you take a quick Google search skim. It's interesting, I promise. It pretty much explains and explores how the personalized web is shaping our perspectives and how we think. The information that we choose to read for the sake of convenience might not be the information that we really need to know. Not every related article under one that our friend share on Facebook is relevant, and not every New York Times read is 100% credible. For example, how I feel about the #nofilter hashtag is how I feel about people who calls themselves “minimalists” when their photo squares don't properly portray a tasteful use of negative space. Think about it, we live in a time when there’s a no-make-up make-up look that probably requires more products to achieve than just putting on make-up. Our realities are no longer what they seem, and while I’m not encouraging everyone to become conspiracy theorists, I do hope that we all become much better critical listeners and thinkers.

Alas, this is the part where I come up with something quirky to tie this write-up into my outfit, but bare with me for sounding like my AP English teacher for one post irrelevantly, as I do find this space on the interweb intimate enough to share my personal thoughts with y'all, just because.

Top: H&M
Pants: Uniqlo
Bag: Chanel

Photos by Sandra L.