Last week has been the week of American Presidential elections. It is safe to assume that I am not the only person who is more than a little taken back with America’s choice of president. For the moment it is difficult to concentrate anything else other than what is going on in America. It has been an American election; but I think we are afraid of the ripple of the president-elect’s influence on the rest of the world. Deep down, many of us are a little scared, and fear the future.
At times like these, especially when the results of the election were that close, we feel misrepresented but someone else feels that finally their voice has been heard. At moments like these, it is too easy to turn away from the people around you; and exhibit the nasty feeling of hate itself.
I don’t think we should be hateful, or claim that America has lost us. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks the way we are. Each one of us has a unique way of thinking; has its own galloping train of thought. That’s not a negative thing! Far from that – it’s one of the qualities we should cherish and personally propagate. We can be grateful for the sheer variety that exists between us all. Variety brings vibrancy. However, we need to tolerate the views of other people; to understand why they are behaving the way they are. Differences drive our behaviour, and until those differences are understood, we shall make scare social success.
I hope that at this time, instead of hating and being malicious to the other person show some goodness, some tender kindness. After all, we have so much to be grateful for. We are all getting an education. Cherish your time in Maynooth. It’s worth celebrating.
I hope you all have a good week.
With warmest wishes,
Mags (creative editor)