Friday, November 11, 2016

Why Fairy Tales Are More Than True

The United States Presidential election is over.  "Bil", my brother in law with autism, proudly voted.

He needed his brother's (my husband's) help.  He didn't understand much beyond the President and the vote for Senator. He's only lived here a little more than a year, and knew nothing about local candidates.  So he only voted for what he understood, and that's good.

But, in a way, his troubles may have only started.

I wonder what Bil thinks of all the post-election stuff happening - the fear, the protests.  He doesn't engage in any social media. He doesn't own a computer, a smart phone, or a tablet, and I decided years ago not to encourage it.  He is too naive - he is black and white in a grey, grey world.

Does he realize there are people out there who hate him, that consider him less than human, because of his disability?

Does he realize some of those haters want people like him gone from our society?  That isn't restricted to the United States, either.

Our President-Elect has not discouraged these haters, and there are, in fact, anecdotal reports of hate graffiti and worse since the election ended.

This is going to be a long four years for Bil, although he does not know it yet.

Which leads me to #FridayReflections.  One of the prompts is "What 10 things do you hope to be remembered by?  The first one would be "That I helped to make a better life for my disabled brother in law." because if we don't, who will, especially with all the incidents of hate taking place in our country?

Here are the others.

That I tried to make this Earth, in my own little way, a better place than it was on my day of birth;
That I raised a child who grew up to be honorable and hardworking;
That I remained true to my beliefs and did not give into hate (it's so easy to);
That I gave faithfulness and joy to the man I chose to spend my life with;
That I helped others with my skills;
That I did not misuse the talents I was granted from above;
That I honored the memory of those who came before me;
That I will be remembered for the good things I did and not the bad; and
That I recorded the beauty of this world and of the times I lived in.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman.  

I hope Neil Gaiman is right, because I fear we are going to be seeing a lot of dragons in the coming months and years.

Please visit the other blogs linked to #FridayReflections.

7 comments:

  1. wow a truly powerful post you have written here. I can't believe this man was voted in. #Fridayreflections

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    1. I've been depressed about this man being voted in but depression will not help. It is time for me to move forward.

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  2. I love every word of this. I think you are wise to keep Bil away from the internet. Personally I've been lucky to mostly see the good side of humanity and make positive online connections, but I can't deny there's a dark side... It's hard to believe there's so much hate out there. That somebody like Donald Trump can become one of the most powerful men in the world is evidence of everything that's wrong in the world...

    Anyway, you will definitely be remembered for all of those things on your list.

    Side note: thanks so much for putting me on your blog roll. I was so chuffed when I spotted that!

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    1. Today is a day to celebrate something right in the world and hopefully I'll be blogging about it in my weekly Friday post. Thank you for your kind words!

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  3. I sincerely hope too that the dragons can be slayed. Droppng by from the linkup

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  4. I left a comment but doesn't seem to show up so here goes again ...
    Let's hope the dragons will be slayed. A very well written post.
    Dropping by from the linkup.

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