“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

I thought that June was bad. I thought that 2016 couldn’t get worse. I thought, well, I thought that this wasn’t possible. How wrong I was.

Others, far better qualified than I, will analyse how the animal that is Trump has become elevated to President. Speaking personally, I do not understand the logic behind voting for a morally bankrupt, sex-crazed maniac who has at best a casual relationship with reality. But, it seems many in America have chosen to do just that, and so we must live with the outcome.

This day, 9th November, marks the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. How bitter the comparison between that joyous expression of hope and opportunity and the terrifying spectre of despair and confusion we find in front of us now.

Like so many in the USA, and around the world, today I have mourned what might have been. Tomorrow, though, I will stand up stronger. I will speak louder. I will work in whatever way I can to claim back our world.

Because this is not the end of the fight, nor is it an excuse to become downhearted or disengaged. Young people in America yesterday voted overwhelmingly for Hilary Clinton. Just as young people in the UK voted massively for remaining in the EU back in the June.

These young people are our future. We should trust in them. We must support them, and nurture their nascent vision, hopes and dreams. The future can be bright; as long as the older generation does not screw it up.

Photo Credit: Collin Knopp-Schwyn, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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