The Norns’ View of Trump’s Election

Posted: November 9, 2016 in Musings
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or How to Pop the Pimple of Hatred

What would the Norns (Fates) think of Trump’s election? As a seer, it’s important to see the forces at work and understand Newton’s Third Law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This result is bad, but not as bad as you may think. 

This is an opinion piece, but it relates to how a seer views events of history in such a way as to get some sleep at night. I hope it gives Democrats some comfort. And if you’re Republican, congratulations on your win. Remember that the only constant is change.

There’s a story about a farmer whose horse runs away. “How terrible!” say the neighbors.

Eh, maybe,” replies the farmer.

His son goes to find the horse and catches a wild stallion at the same time. “How lucky!” say the neighbors.

Eh, maybe,” replies the farmer.

While training their new stallion, his son gets thrown off and breaks his leg. “How terrible!” say the neighbors.

Eh, maybe,” replies the farmer.

The next day, war breaks out and all able young men are conscripted. The son with the broken leg is of course exempted. How lucky!” say the neighbors.

Eh, maybe.”

An event is only good or bad in retrospect. When it happens, it’s hard to tell whether it may be an immediate good for long term harm, immediate harm for long term good, or simply what it seems to be.

The Three Force At Work

American politics are all about two sides locked in an eternal war of good versus evil. Which one is good depends on which side you’re on. In Hinduism there aren’t two sides, there are three, and this may help us understand what’s going on. The three gunas, the strands that bind to manifestation, are as follows:

  • Goodness (Sattva): Contentment. The preserving force, strives to unite and maintain perfection. It shows the truth that we are all connected and allows acceptance.
  •  Darkness (Tamas): Fear. The decaying force, strives to separate, obscure and destroy. It gives the illusion that we are all separate, with fear driving the urge to gather more power and dominate others to be safe.
  • Passion (Rajas): Desire. The changing force, strives to improve and diversify. It is consumed by a need to improve and experience variety.

These three work in a cycle. A fruit on a tree starts in Passion as it grows, matures, and tries to be the best it can be. When it reaches its summit of juicy sweetness, it is in Goodness, and tries to stay that way. That is of course impossible. Then it goes into Darkness, falls and becomes separated from its nourishing tree, decaying back into compost that will feed the tree.

Another way to see them is as a planet orbiting a sun. Goodness is gravity, the force that attracts the planet to its sun. Should it succeed, the planet will fall into its star and “become one” with it in a fiery act of transmutation. Darkness is the centrifugal force that tries to rip the planet away into space. Imagine you’re spinning a ball on a string, the faster you spin it, the more it tries to pull away. Should this force succeed, the planet will be plunged into darkness, becoming a frozen rock in the empty void. Passion is the orbiting force, not really a force but a balance of the other two. When in balance in the sweet zone, life thrives and multiplies into an endless diversity. Evolution happens.

So now let’s look at some of the forces at work within a very brief timeline. Remember that the cycle goes through Passion, Goodness, Darkness, and then loops again. These phases overlap as each new phase gains steam and momentum.

Darkness: Look at the early 90’s. Sexism and racism were rampant, but few people talked about it. The situation was obscured. It just wasn’t a big issue to most people.

Passion:

  • 1993 President Clinton reverses pro-life advances in banning abortions.

  • 1995 The internet comes and people used Geocities make their own websites.

  • 2000 Same-sex civil unions become legal in Vermont.

  • 2003 MySpace comes and makes social media a reality.

  • 2003 US Supreme Court declares sodomy laws unconstitutional.

  • 2008 Facebook overtakes Myspace.

  • 2008 Supreme Court

  • 2009 Geocities shut down.

  • 2010 Was the first selfie, when the IPhone 4 came with a front facing camera.

  • 2011 Law is passed forcing insurance companies to cover women’s contraceptives.

  • 2012 Idle No More begins in Canada and Native American protests increase in the US.

  • 2013 was the start of #BlackLivesMatter.

  • 2016 Charlotte NC passes trans-friendly bathroom bill.

  • 2016 Gay marriage becomes legal in the United States.

Goodness: You’d think Goodness means making things better, but what it really means is being content with things the way they are, keeping the status quo and not rocking the boat. So in this case, it’s #BlueLivesMatter in reaction to #BlackLivesMatter. GamerGate in reaction to games having more options for female players.

  • 1996 Defense of Marriage Act denies federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

  • 1997 A US abortion clinic is bombed.

  • 2000 Marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman in California. This starts a long chain of states making similar laws to prevent same sex marriage.

  • 2011 Push to redefine fetuses as “persons” and make abortions murder.

  • 2014 Gamergate begins, female game writers receive rape and death threats. This is after a few years of complaints by women to have female playable characters and not be stuck with “bikini armor.” Gamergaters attack Social Justice Warriors that are “ruining our games with feminism”

  • 2016 Bathroom Wars begin with North Carolina’s law against trans people.

  • Trump promises a “bloodbath” if he loses the elections.

Darkness Path 1– Hillary Wins: About half the population voted for Trump. That’s a lot of angry people. A Hillary win preserves standing legal protections to women’s rights, contraception, abortion, LGBT rights, and racial discrimination. But it doesn’t stop angry people from getting angrier and taking increasingly violent actions as they feel their voices aren’t heard. Liberal city slickers get their way over conservative Christian values. Some people have voiced the possibility of a civil war breaking out, or increasing Christian domestic terrorism. Those actually seem likely. Nothing an un-charismatic Clinton can say will pop this pimple of festering hatred. It gets worse and worse, just not through legal means. Liberals mean well, but are for the most part impotent to do anything when not outright apathetic. No one trusts the government, and society starts falling apart. Democrats are demoralized and fail to take action.

Darkness Path 2Trump Wins: Conservatives get their man in power, and they’re happy about it. They have big parties. They control congress and senate, so they can roll laws back to the 1950s. Gay, trans, trans, immigrants and uppity women get crushed under the heavy boot. People die. A lot of people die. Not in mass shootings and bombings like the previous dark path, but through newly instated discrimination and lack of legal protection. The loss of rights is sharply felt by everyone except white Christian men. Women who thought feminism wasn’t important start to realize that maybe it was. Blacks get slaughtered and outrage increases. Queers get murdered at an even higher rate. Outrage increases. Immigrants and visible minorities live in constant fear. Previously passive liberals get angry, very angry. The government tells people what they can do in their bedrooms. Comments about Hitler and concentration camps abound. The pimple gets popped.

Passion Path 1– Hillary Wins: The Christian Right leads a revolution to reshape the US under the Dominionist view that laws must be based on the Bible. Angry people change the world.

Passion Path 2– Trump Wins: The reality of what Trump stands for becomes clear, and the Republican party implodes under the strain of its internal conflicts. Liberals lead a new movement whose name we do not yet know in reclaiming their rights through grassroots mobilizations, and those who were previously passive now take an active role. Angry people change the world.

Conclusion: So yeah, I’m sad Clinton lost. Things will massively suck for a while but this had to happen. All the social justice progress we’ve seen has created its counter-force, and that force has to expend itself somehow. It can do so from the top down with Trump, or from the ground up with Clinton. But I think the Trump path is better in the long term. All things contain the seeds of their own destruction. The Norns care little for individual lives, and I think they’re satisfied with how things turned out. It’s a cold and callous call to make, but that’s their job. Because humans are dumb and that has to be taken into account. I hope this rant helps you sleep a little better at night. And to those that come under the boot, I’m sorry. I’m so very sorry. I wish there was a better way. Because I’m just a seer, not a Norn, and those are my friends who are about to die.

But since I’m also a bard, there’s a Pagan song by Leslie Fish at the top that may cheer you.

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Comments
  1. Ly says:

    I get it, I do. But it doesn’t make the present any less sucky. I’m amazed that so many shitheads with such abhorrent views have been waiting there.

    I just keep thinking, if only it had been Bernie going against him. He would have wiped the floor with that orange mop. 😦

    As you say, I hope more positive change is down the road.

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  2. wynndark says:

    Thank you for this, its a much different take on the current situation than what I’ve been seeing. Dark yes, these are dark times, but not hysterical and leaving room for Wyrd to work as it does. May the dark days be short and some kind of firth be woven from what remains.

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    • lofnbard says:

      Thank you for your comment. I hoped to hear that my hours devoted to writing this were useful to at least a few people 🙂

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      • wynndark says:

        It had been and likely to many more than the comments suggest. I for one hope these times don’t keep you from the work you do here.

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      • lofnbard says:

        They don’t. I dedicate my worries to more personal and immediate concerns than what may or may not happen in the world.

        I’ve been on vacation for a week, visiting my teacher and then some Druid friends. For the last two days, I’ve been waking in my camper with ideas and writing more of Sjofn’s story, past the point where I was ran out of inspiration a few years ago. So yeah, I’m actually getting juices flowing again. 🙂

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  3. wynndark says:

    Oh I am very glad to hear that particular story is progressing. Sjofn’s story is particulely of interest as She has inspired me to actually try to take up toy making instead of thinking it is just a foolish whimsy [a reoccurring one for years]. Glad to hear things are going well, may your gods and goddesses keep you well.

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    • lofnbard says:

      That’s awesome! I’m always thrilled to hear when people make a connection with my Ladies. What toys do you craft so far?

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      • wynndark says:

        Right now I’m in the middle of a move so much of my supplies are packed, but I’m toying with some littler felted stuffed animals on one hand and wood ball jointed dolls on the other. I want to make marionettes based on the wooden dolls so there will potentially be small play stages getting built down the line in conjunction with that.

        Hopefully after a number of practice dolls I’ll make one for Sjofn, to give Her a physical seat to watch over the toy making part of the shop [once that’s built!].

        I have an image of Her in my head for that but who knows if she looks anything like it.

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