This one’s for the masochists out there. I know some may view this as a fool’s errand or that these thought experiments are only a source of undue anxiety and nothing more. It’s hard to disagree with those points precisely, but nevertheless, I think it’s important because no matter the outcome of this election, it won’t be like other ones. We won’t have news trickle in throughout the night and then have a winner by the following day. There’s a real possibility that we won’t know for sure until weeks later who won and in that time, anything could happen.
I haven’t finished Immigration Nation yet. I’ve only watched one episode, but I am livid. Seeing ICE up close drives home the point of how pointless this agency is. It’s hard for me to accurately quantify the fury I feel as I write this article, but through episode one, I found myself ping-ponging between yelling at the TV and crushing apathy. It felt like I was nurturing a deep pit in my stomach that I wished over and over again that it would go away but yet it still lingered and lingered. I remarked to my partner after watching the episode that people, myself included, often have this question surrounding the history of slavery, asking how in the world could people be devoid of such empathy for their fellow man? How is that possible?
The anxiety is more killer than usual these days, right? I mean this past week alone has felt like a month. The breakneck pace of news combined with the avalanche of uncertainty and divisiveness is just so overwhelming, and it’s like you’re being squeezed. Some days it’s even hard to start the day. Some days, closing my eyes and pressing the skip button seems like a more preferable outcome.