A system only survives if the people ensnared in it either believe it to be unchangeable or lose the will to change it. Despair is understandable, but it fuels this thing. We’re reaching a tipping point. Donald Trump could represent that tipping point, but there’s work to do.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) April 5, 2019
Tipping points are signals that sweeping change is coming. While almost any moment could be considered a “tipping point,” optimists tend to refocus negative developments as positive indicators of progress. For example, while the election of Donald Trump in 2016 was a disaster not only to Hillary Clinton supporters but also to millions of independents and onlookers across the globe, far-thinking optimists viewed this as a sign that the American electorate was tired of the status quo. Whether this same subversive energy carries into 2020 remains to be seen.
The politics of “despair,” that Mr. Sexton tweets of, could take hold as well. Despair is a crippling force that keeps people home on election day due to the thinking that there is no real choice to be made.
Now that the dust has settled on the Mueller Report, should we hang our heads in despair or see it as a tipping point? What will the future bring?
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