It’s not the ongoing debating after Trump’s win two days ago that seems so wrong, or that people are unloading their frustrations on social media (if people offer a political post, expect the opportunity to be taken as long as people are in upheaval) … it’s the smugness of many “winners” that is so off-putting.
As if the win provides a sense of safety-in-numbers to perpetuate (and even increase) the uncivil atmosphere of the election season. As if the worst of ourselves that used to be kept in check by societal disapproval isn’t anymore – it has been lured out to engage in corporate cruelty.
Smugness feels so satisfying that people are unwilling to shut it off – why be gracious and good-sportsmanlike when you can feel so superior at others’ expense? Why allow “opponents” an ongoing opinion when you can use the “win” as validation that yours is right and theirs is wrong? As if a “win” finalizes all issues, and all must meld into the mentality of the winning side, and must do so NOW or be met with swift repudiation and public humiliation.
Smugugly, I’m calling it, and it ain’t good.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13