Politics: we need a good hard winter

A cold wind is blowing through our part of the world.  Many of us are looking forward to it.  The organic cotton growers need a good freeze to knock off the leaves so they can harvest their crop.  Vegetable growers need a good freeze to knock back the pests.

russian_winter_in_arzamasYou could look at yesterday’s election results as just another hard frost.  Sure winter is tough, but if you are organized and prepare for it, it can bring lots of benefits.  Now we don’t want a hard Russian or Minnesota winter.  Eight months of cold and snow don’t appeal to us Southerners.  But you play the cards you are dealt.  The Russians used one winter to beat Napoleon.  Minnesotans love hockey and ice-fishing.

Cold weather does keep the riff-raff out.  They just don’t survive a bad winter.  In Russia, the spring thaw always reveals people who went out drinking and ended up frozen in a snow drift and covered with snow.

“There, but for the grace of God, go I” is one response to hearing such news.  Another is: you gotta pay the piper.  The way you live will result in the punishment or reward you deserve.  If things aren’t working out, don’t blame others.  Look at your life and see what needs to be changed.

The trouble with all these platitudes is that they are all wrong.  They are true in some instances and not in others.  Bad things do happen to good people.  But resilient people, just like other resilient systems, have the ability to embrace bad events and change so such don’t occur in the future.

If you don’t like the results of the election you can blame ignorance or prejudice or foreign manipulation or a myriad of other external causes.  But that won’t help you cope with the change.  You know all the lobbyists in DC are rushing to figure out how to adapt to this change so they can profit from it.  Many financial managers will wait till the stock market gets real low and then buy as much as they can because it will go back up.

It’s just winter, that’s all.  It happens and you have to deal with it.  The good thing about winter is that it is somewhat predictable.  You know its going to happen every year.  This election was a little less predictable, but strange elections do happen now and then.  Resilient people cope, adapt and move on.

I hope you are one of the resilient.

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