So Donald Trump is the new president-elect of the USA and people are acting like the world will come to an end. Using the tactics of “us” against “them” and separating Americans as a people is not a new tactic — it has been proven to work time and time again. The media has done a wonderful job in helping instil fear into the minds of people, all Trump had to do was play on that.

 

Yes, the man is vulgar, among other things, but perhaps someone whose faults are out in the open may prove to be a better option. How many world leaders and role models have come across as clean-cut and holier-than-thou, family men and women, only to have a scandal with their secretary, drugs, fraud or embezzlement, Ashley Madison, Panama Papers and more come out?

 

How many of Donald Trump’s stated policies he gets to carry out, is still unknown. I dare say his bark is worse than his bite — men like him are about power and money, and those will always come first.

 

His election is distracting us from what really piques my interest. So how is it, that the breakup of Brangelina has more hits on the Internet but less people are publicly talking about it?

 

Brad and Angelina

 

The reason why their breakup affects more people, is because it is about relationship. Everyone, all over the globe, no matter who you are and where you live, can relate to love and to family, the two cornerstones for most people in the world.

 

Brangelina represented something in this world we can all relate to and look up to. They were the modern-day family without being married, having adopted three children and then had three of their own. Despite the outside scrutiny and pressures of the world, they seemed to have found their happily-ever-after. This power couple, with their incredible fame and fortune, gave back to charity, were inspirational humanitarians and were trying to make this world a better place. They never shunned the people that gave them everything they had, but also were never fame and camera greedy.

 

With their separation comes the end of an era, and the end of a love that seemed to be made to stand the test of time. They seemed to have it all, money, power, love, family, children, and if they can’t make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us?

 

Anyone in a relationship, married or with children, can relate to divorce, to heartbreak, to starting over, losing the person whom was once the most important thing, to the new vacuum that occupies your soul. And everyone can relate to love, the most powerful force of all. And those innocent children that don’t deserve this, how can we not feel sadness?

 

What Really Matters

 

You can turn up your nose at the news or pretend you care, you write your mini-novel on Facebook and talk about how disappointed you are in the world and Trump’s election, though really you have to ask yourself; when was the last time that your meat- eating, avocado-toast-making, leather-wearing, zoo-visiting, animal products in your cosmetics, CO2-emitting soul did anything for the world?

 

And when you realize the most significant thing you’ve done lately is posted about your amazing weekend, your upcoming travel plans and taken another selfie with your new dog, maybe now is the time to admit that you care, but you can’t actually be concerned enough to make a real change. And that you’re not that appalled by Trump’s election and if you are, what are you going to do about it?

 

Mind you, the two events are similar in that we all felt the same thing. Because many of us lost something on both days. We lost a little bit of hope that the world was not such a bad place and there was still some goodness left.

 

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