Apathy in a post-Trump America

26 Feb

Since Trump left office, I’m watching the news less. It’s not holding my interest. I don’t seem to care.

Part of this is because I don’t find myself waking up every day being outraged by whatever offensive, terrible thing our president has done or said over the past 24 hours. Maybe I’m just feeling a sense of safety and security now.

It’s not that there isn’t still things to be outraged about. Kids are still separated from parents and in cages. Racist attacks are on the rise, and now towards Asians. We’ve still got war in the middle east. We have Qanon and insurgent co-conspirettors in our government. People are suffering from cold in a state that doesn’t know cold, and their own leadership has abandoned them. And that’s just off the top of my head.

Maybe it’s not apathy or a false sense of security. Perhaps, I’m just tired. I’m burnt out by the Trump era. I need a break. I need to watch sitcoms and super-hero shows, and go back to writing about TV crossovers, because my brain just can’t process the never-ending drama of America right now. I don’t want to talk about cancel culture. I don’t want to fight about Mr. Potato Head. I’m sick of hearing about people’s anti-mask paranoia. I just want to watch cartoons and read comics and regress back to my childhood for a while, if that’s okay with you.

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