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A Nation Divided by Turmoil: Biden's Victory is America's Failure

Another long-winded, incoherent speech fraught with inaccuracies and false accusations.  As the polls have closed and ballots are meticulously being counted across key states, many deign to criminalize Trump for his boisterous proclamations and unorthodox leadership. However, the truth of the matter may be far more sinister than you care to imagine...Biden asserts that he and his party maintain the moral high ground in this tumultuous race for presidency. But do they really? In fact, the vast majority of Southern Democrats vehemently opposed a ban on slavery while the Republican party sought to win their freedom. Indeed, it may appear that times have changed... unless you bother to read the many defamatory statements made throughout Biden's long and storied political career -- statements targeting both women and African Americans. Although to be safe, let's assume his bigotry extended far beyond that which we've covered. So as it now seems more certain than ever that we'

Gratitude Amidst Uncertainty

 As we remain hidden indoors -- barred away from the ravaging effects of this much maligned virus, there are people out there who toil to make ends meet; producing your favorite shows, snacks, beverages, etc. And although this is driven by capitalistic greed, on a very personal level, we're all serving our roles in society. This fact alone teaches us much about our decadence and lack of empathy. Perhaps even the beginning of an end, if not some charitable decade fraught with insincere apologies cloaked in greed and pity.

No, I shall not wallow in despair. Nor will I waste a moment on self-pity or loathing. We've always known life to be short; a flickering candle waiting to be extinguished. So perhaps now more than ever before, we should cherish the little things which bring joy to our lives. Laugh, love, read, explore, and dream of better days. If not for yourself, then for future generations.

We've seen the effects of our forefathers' policies, and we rest secure in the fact that those mistakes can be avoided. Once the pandemic is under control, we have the opportunity to create a world free of enmity, void of suffering. But to begin, it starts with empathy and compassion. 

A typical scene of masked citizens attempting to protect themselves from the constant spread of this horrific pandemic....

It feels as though little remains for which we can express gratitude. With quarantines in place, a mandatory requirement to wear face masks, and economic burdens which have forced some of America's greatest retailers to shut their doors permanently, many amongst us have expressed concerned that the end of days is upon us; harkening back to the grim prophecies outlined within the Christian texts.

Now, while it's undeniably difficult to quantify the amount of pain and suffering this pandemic has caused both ourselves and those we hold dearest, we wake each day to a new dawn; one which is altogether indifferent to our plight; the world continues to turn and life is nothing if not adaptable. Realistically, we have but two options: we can hang our heads in sorrow and trudge along through the suffocating darkness and omnipresent loss, or we can find glimmers of hope as each day is born anew.

I for one, feel it's time to keep our thoughts focused on better days. As the Buddha once said "all things are created impermanent." With patience and love within our hearts, we once again breathe the fresh mountain air -- unhindered by cloth masks or the fear of infection. And let us never forget our loved ones who succumbed at such early ages. Life will never be the same without them, but each day we must create new reasons to live until the day we can be rejoined with them.

This was a difficult article to write on multiple levels, and my most sincere heartfelt apologies go out to those who are in mourning. We're lucky to still have you with us, and I wish for nothing more than to see you all continue your lives and find some semblance of happiness once again.

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