Excerpts from emails I sent today:
1) About President Trump
I think our goal is to make this a four year presidency. He can do terrible harm in four years, but less than he could do in eight, right? People keep saying this is a marathon, not a sprint, but it isn’t just a marathon. It’s one of those 100-mile desert runs at high altitude that sometimes kill the runners.
But there are more of us than there are Trump supporters – see the popular vote – and we can swing this back. For me, the answer is to pick one issue and give it everything I’ve got, combined with monthly donations with the organizations I think are working.
A friend of mine told me she’s been in therapy for several months and they’re having trouble separating clinical depression from realistic fear and grief due to Trump. It’s ugly right now. But what do we do but keep trying?
2) About the Peace Corps
First of all, you should not be risking your safety to do work that you don’t think is useful. Full stop. You were always going to leave this community; leaving sooner is not abandonment. If you don’t feel safe where you are, you should leave.