What Kind of World Do We Want?

by | Nov 1, 2020 | Power Dynamics


November 3rd is election day in the United States, and feelings are running high.

I find myself more activated, more anxious, and somewhat distracted.

It feels like so much is at stake, and we are more divided than ever.

For me, this election is not about Trump versus Biden or one party versus another; it’s about preventing even more massive regression and decline into more hatred, violence, and inequity in this country. So, I have 3 nuggets for you today:

Nugget #1

Whether you lean conservative or liberal, my first relevant point today, is a quote from political philosopher John Rawls, who said this:

“Let’s say you’re going to be born into America but you don’t know what you going to be born as: you might be a woman, a man, you might be an immigrant, you might be a native, you might be Mexican, Black, Jewish, White, rich, poor, gifted, born with all sorts of mental challenges – you have no idea.

All you know is you are going to be born into America.

What kind of society do you want to create if you don’t know who you are going to be in that society?”

Please vote for the candidate who would try to build the kind of society you would want to be born into if you didn’t know who you were going to be.

Nugget #2

I heard someone recently express what this election is about for him, and I offer you a transcription of his words. I found them fortifying and deeply meaningful to me. He said:

These are the things about which we cannot seem to agree:

Peace is always superior to war.

Learning is superior to ignorance.

Science is superior to superstition.

Community is greater than the tribe.

World over nation.

Future over past.

Generosity over greed.

Humanity over capital.

Democracy over fascism.

Knowledge is more important than information.

Wonder is more important than entertainment.

We love those who owe us nothing.

We care for those unlike ourselves.

We protect liberty, and dignity at all costs.

We live with consciousness.

It is not about Donald Trump or Joseph Biden.

It is about the future of who we are as a people, as a world and even a nation.

And I am worried.” (@el741001 on TikTok)

Nugget #3

And finally, please remember this about narcissistically defended people:

One of their foundational, go-to defenses is projection. Any attack or accusation from them is the closest thing you will ever get to a confession. They will reliably accuse you and others of the very things that they are guilty of themselves. They use primitive but powerful deflection defenses, which explains why it’s so confusing and disorienting to be caught up in their deeply distorted reality fields.

And now, as always, I’d love to hear from you.

Which of these 3 nuggets were most useful to you this week?

What is helping you stay sane and grounded during these transformative and unpredictable times? Please leave a comment below and let me know.


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5 Comments

  1. Mary

    All three of them are profound and brought me to tears. #3 was / is the one that brought more Light into my despairing thinking. Thank you Yvette, for your wisdom that helped me feel the feelings I’m feeling. Now I choose to move on and Vote and then walk, walk, walk, walk…….

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  2. genevieve giblin

    Thank you for your nuggets, Yvette. The impact on me, of you reaching out is a great lesson, brought home again. Feeling the humanity and connection has brought more stability to my state of mind. I will do the same, with some people I know…….gg

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  3. Helena RR

    Not american, not voting for US next President… But still interested in being aware of the «kind of world I would want to be living in» and to contribute to it the best I can in my daily life. That’s why the 1st nugget was the most useful for me, it’s a good inspiration for our everyday decisions, as so for unique exceptional decisions. And I also very much appreciated the playful shape of the invitation for reflexion 🙂 Imagine… Thank you Yvette!

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  4. Joel Hodroff

    Your nuggets are great, and what carries the day is certainly not blame, debate or making oneself right compared to someone else. What carries the day is what people go out and build that improves society. Beaming love and light to all, Joel

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  5. Jaya Sengupta

    Very moving. I like how you struck at the core of the issue with so much compassion. They are all relevant to my country as well. In a country full of God-worshipping sycophants (pardon my judgement but that is what is arising in me right now), it is hard for my people to recognise narcissism and its devastating effect. Narcissists are gods to us because they are so wonderful at weaving the most improbable dreams and they are so articulate. I also notice with great dismay what a tremendous impact these narcissist leaders have on ordinary ignorant folks by stoking their dormant narcissism and together they have co-created a bubble of ignorance. I pray for awareness and wisdom for my folks even before food and transport. How I wish they could be awakened to be informed decision-makers.

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