Chris and I met in his house in Olympia the day after the election in November, 2016. We talked about how todays politics differ from the past.
"About 10 years ago, you started to see people walking around with these blue tooth things in their ears. You would think they were talking to you, but then you would see that they were talking into this device. It always reminded me of Startrek. I would travel a lot for work, and 80% of the people I would see out traveling were just staring at their phones. I'm afraid it has reduced our ability to interact and problem solve in a positive way. People are so disenfranchised and separated even with social media and connectivity. It's an oxymoron almost. I mean here you have the ability to connect to all these people, many of whom you won't meet in person and you don't really know who they are."
"The difference from the Reagan era to now, is me. I don't think so apocalyptically anymore. It's really easy to have that mind set with Trump, that there is going to be this totalitarian government… and that is certainly a possibility, but I don't know if it is a probability. I am terrified for my friends who are people of color, and my gay friends and any body who is not clean cut. But that has been true for most of my life. I have always seen people who are outliers having a hard time... not being accepted and that kind of thing. But the stakes are higher now with Trump. I'm scared! We need to be able to think outside of our own country. Just the number of refugees that are out there, wandering with no where to go. It really hurts me to think of that. And a lot of them are there because of our policies and the constant war machine. So it's scary to me, but when I was 17, on a Peace Walk, I was completely convinced that there was going to be a nuclear war within a couple of years. So I am less afraid of that. I guess it's a different fear now. But two months from now, who knows what it's going to be. It's so fresh right now, and emotional. Most of my friends are just horrified, I am too, we are all just gob-smacked." - Chris H.