The Facebook post invited “friends” to politely and respectfully help an undecided voter make his decision. The quandary was that he “hated” Hillary yet had two young daughters and was loath to vote for a man like Trump given his misogynistic comments and behavior.
As one can imagine the commentary came pouring in. Many right to the point:
“She’s a criminal...”
“He’s a racist...”
“He’s a leader...”
Others were long-winded, emotive and backed by “facts” that were usually disparaged or disputed by someone else’s version of the “facts.”
I did not weigh in; however, I was tempted to suggest he plop his daughters in front of the television, play 15 minutes of an unedited, unbiased, characteristic speech from each candidate and then ask the children for whom they would vote.
“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
What lies beneath the policies and beliefs a politician espouses ― their “vibe” so to speak ― is frequently just as, if not better, an indicator as to who they are at their core.
The trouble is without a keen understanding of and distance from our own emotive reactions we tend to trust (or mistrust) those “vibes” based on our own complex histories.
Children see things more purely.
There is much insight to be gained from heeding the gut feelings of our children.
Unencumbered from emotional baggage or sophisticated cognition, young children are not armed and readied to criticize, analyze, cheer or defend. They simply see, hear and feel what is.
Undecided voters with young kids (that have hopefully been kept shielded from most of this election circus) may want to expose them to a brief glimpse of each candidate then ask who they would rather have as their teacher, their mentor, their role model, their protector, their leader.
For in the end, wasn’t it a child who was the first to recognize that the emperor actually had no clothes?