My heart is heavy beyond belief today. I am sad. I am angry. I am worried about what the results of this election now mean for the world. But I know I’m not alone in my despair. And that gives me hope.
On this hard, sobering night, I find solace in knowing our collective heartbreak (on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border and beyond) points to a deep yearning for a better world—a world beyond the fear and hate-filled rhetoric of the American election. We who hold a very different vision for the world must renew our commitment to make that vision real as we deepen in our commitment to the work of justice and peace. We may not feel quite ready to do this tomorrow; that’s understandable. But tomorrow is not too soon.
May these enduring words of Jack Layton guide us tonight and through the days to come: “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
Take heart, friends, for we are not alone.
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