Many years ago, my husband was scuba diving in the chilly waters off the northern California coast when he came across a shipwreck. He spotted another diver, similarly clad in a standard black wetsuit, exploring the same area. In the friendly spirit of shared activity, the two divers pointed out to one another unusual aquatic life growing out of what remained of the old, sunken vessel. At the end of the dive, my husband surfaced, removed his goggles and put on his glasses. Only then did he realize that the other diver was actually a seal. The human camaraderie he thought he was enjoying existed only in his imagination.
I’m pretty sure that current American polling regarding the 2016 elections is being restricted to human beings. Nevertheless, I am beginning to suspect that I might be able to communicate better with a seal than with some of those being polled. At least my expectations would be realistic.
Current polling on Hillary Clinton is beyond my comprehension. I may disagree with those who support her because she is female or because they think she is the most electable Democrat or because they think she will agitate for their interests, but at least I comprehend their viewpoint. What I don’t get is how, even today, 41% of those polled say she is honest and trustworthy (Washington Post-ABC News poll). Even assuming that a generous 20% of people are so out of it that they think that Peter Rabbit, Darth Vader and Mickey Mouse were the first three presidents of the USA, that still leaves a lot of people. I could accept, in a horrified sort of way, if these people said that although she is secretive, evasive and completely morally flexible they think she’ll be a great president. But to say she is honest and trustworthy? I would have to think that my husband’s seal and I would more readily agree on a definition of honest and trustworthy than I would with these folks.
Last week, my daughter sent a funny video clip depicting a futile attempt of herself explaining to her two year old daughter the difference between make believe and lying; truth and falsehood. Little did she know that she could label her failure as completely suitable future voter education.
P.S. Sheryl Sandberg wrote an incredibly beautiful and moving Facebook post to mark a month since her husband’s death. While I think my comments last week about the ideas in her book, Lean In, were fair and not in any way disrespectful, perhaps I should have held back my Musing for a few weeks, considering her personal circumstances. Either way, I think her post is well worth reading.
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