Finding alternatives to what is clearly going on and looking to escape reality (‘denial’ as a harsh but accurate summary springs to mind) is a familiar, probably essential, and certainly very human component of all our lives.
But goodness, what different thoughts are conjured by….…..…#alternativefacts.
Whatever is going on over there at the end of Pennsylvania Avenue is already having an effect.
Over the last week, I’ve seen a strong ‘just tell me the answer’, or ‘just tell me what to do’ theme in workshops and team meetings. Ground that seemed solid has suddenly disintegrated. So everyone is yearning for some sort of instruction sheet or map.
But it’s not going to happen.
There is no map, and there shall be no instructions.
We’re all going to have to think for ourselves. And decide what’s true, and what’s false.
Let me suggest a 3-point sanity and self-preserver.
Since a time of fantasy has begun, Terry Pratchett should be our guide:
- Embrace any signs and re-assurances that you are not mad, that something
really NOT OK is going on. Good people (and bad) have been here before and survived. A re-balancing might be just around the corner. And he of the comb-over does not realise this. I think something upbeat and revengeful helps here.
Eg from ‘Going Postal’
‘Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.’
2. Refuse to be bamboozled by apparent power and influence. Even he of the comb-over is but one human being. Your own ability to see things clearly depends on not being blinded by others. As TP reminds us in ‘Mort’.
“People don’t alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just
make brief patterns in it.”
3. Keep looking for the spaces between the nonsense where you can add value. Every small action and contribution counts. Now is the time to be unsure and inventive – a powerful combination. As TP says in ‘Monstrous Regiment’
“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.”