Last week Wednesday was an emotional roller coaster. In the early afternoon, the U.S. capitol was stormed by rioters who wanted to forcefully stop the democratic proceedings. Windows were shattered, the capitol was put on lockdown, representatives and government employees were asked to shelter in place, tear gas was used, shots were fired, the building was evacuated… The authorities on sight were largely outnumbered and reinforcement arrived hours later than expected. The situation seemed to be escalating with no immediate end in sight.
My partner and I were glued to the news as the events unfolded. Shock, anxiety, sadness, frustration and anger were all walking hand in hand that day. This was something that neither of us could have imagined up to that point. It felt crazy!
How did get this far? How did the conspiracy theories and lies take the upper hand and get people who claim to be patriots and love this country decide to attack it’s democratic foundation? Things should never have gotten this far.
I hope that the country and its people draw some positive lessons from the unthinkable and find a way to move closer together again. This is one nation. Democracy lies at the core of this country. We are not each others’ enemies. Compromises are possible. We need to learn to listen to each other again and work together.
Cover picture was taken in Washington, D.C. (USA) in Nov 2017