I am still shocked by what has happened, but I will never give up my values.
And one of those values is that a country should help all of its citizens achieve the best possible version of their lives, and it should do so with their active participation in the process. The solution isn’t to ignore their voices, it’s to help them and involve them in making better decisions for everyone together.
This doesn’t require us to accept the results – Democracy is far more than simple majority rule, and dissent and protest are integral features of a well function democracy – but it does require finding some sort of common ground.
This feels particularly difficult right now, with so much of the population having embraced outright racism and self-destruction, but I still think it’s achievable.
-David R. MacIver