Wednesday Vignette – dirt is in the balance

The Canadian feminist and mayor of Ottawa, Charlotte Whitton, coined a phrase that has been on my mind lately: “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” She could have said “Women only have to do a fraction of what men do to receive a disproportional amount of heckling”. And, I disagree with the last part she said – dealing with this WILL indeed be difficult! You know what I’m talking about – what an absolute marathon of drudgery and depravity this election has been. I honestly can’t wait for it to be over. And yet, it won’t be.

You see, I fear that society has changed during these trials. Hate, lies, homophobia, misogyny, and racism, have bubbled up and are now perfectly and acceptably visible, as they are seething on the surface of this cesspool of humanity we call our home. So much ugliness has been spewed out into the open during this last year. I suppose I always knew some measure of these sentiments were out there, but it is disconcerting to see the staggering enormity of this quivering, hateful state of mind so openly displayed. Is its new visibility a good thing, or was it better when it was stashed away and hidden from view in the form of societal undercurrents?

Post-election USA will be an interesting scenario to observe. Decency is all but gone, and civility and good manners have been trampled and crushed like a pet in a mosh pit. Personally, I think that perhaps its a good thing that all this sludge floated to the top. Uncomfortable yes, but good. When you can see it, you can face it. And when you can face it, you can discern its proportions, and form an idea of how to tackle it. It’s like we just opened up another Pandora’s box, and now we have to deal with the consequences. I don’t envy Hillary one bit (assuming she will shatter the glass ceiling, and emerge on top). She has been the target for scrutiny and scathing criticism for over three decades now. Despite the crescendo of crap heaped upon her from the political latrine, she is managing  – shall we say – swimmingly. Don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for phase 2 in this transformational shit storm.

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My chosen photo for this rant is almost as scary as the sordid sap oozing from the various layers of our society. It is of a drop of morning dew on one of my Colocacias this summer – except the water is black – not clear, as might have been expected. What was previously invisible on the leaf has been washed and collected into a pearl of what I imagine is pollution. Portland is known for its dirty air, but as long as it’s dispersed and  invisible, somehow we tolerate it.  In condensed form, the dark opacity of the droplet was indeed shocking.  

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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32 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – dirt is in the balance

  1. It’s not a pretty sight

  2. Peter Herpst says:

    Can it just be over? We’re all weary. Here’s something clean and clear: http://outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2016/11/wednesday-vignettes-views-from-camilles.html

  3. FlowerAlley says:

    This was great. May I comfort you a bit with older-woman-wisdom?
    This too shall pass. The media does not cover those with sense and manners. We are all sick of this nasty election. All the “-isms” and “-phobias” were there before and will remain after. Though this election has been divisive, it has also made us all clarify our own values and discuss hot issues that are usually avoided.
    The sun will come up tomorrow. Yes there are too many fools. I just try really hard not to be one.
    I can only control my actions, so I try to be thoughtful and set good examples.
    Your words are meaningful. Keep sending them out. Shine on sister, en through the darkness.

    • annamadeit says:

      I don’t know why this didn’t end up under your comment. It was meant to:

      I agree it will pass, but the landscape it leaves in its wake is so raw and so blatantly aggressive. I know I’ve quoted Isaac Asimov before, but it’s such a great quote: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’. The kind of ignorance, gullibility and prejudice on open display out there is scary. Not to way there isn’t a lot to be angry about – there truly is – but the abundance of ignorant entitlement and falsely justified expectations out there is staggering. Scroll through to the wise words of David Souter to see what scares me the most. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VslCHyJlOlc

  4. FlowerAlley says:

    My phone sent this instead of changing even to especially, which came out “en”.
    I am on my bed typing on my phone with a crippled knee due to too much plantation touring over the weekend.

  5. Alison says:

    I too can’t wait for the election to be over. I fear it’s not going to be any easier for her than it was for President Obama. My WV post is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2016/11/wednesday-vignette.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes – I feel the same way, Alison. But, I hope I’m wrong. It will be interesting to see what kind of changes in political makeup will occur in the House and Senate. Hopefully whatever changes will happen will make her life easier.

  6. annamadeit says:

    I agree it will pass, but the landscape it leaves in its wake is so raw and so blatantly aggressive. I know I’ve quoted Isaac Asimov before, but it’s such a great quote: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’. The kind of ignorance, gullibility and prejudice on open display out there is scary. Not to way there isn’t a lot to be angry about – there truly is – but the abundance of ignorant entitlement and falsely justified expectations out there is staggering. Scroll through to the wise words of David Souter to see what scares me the most. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VslCHyJlOlc

  7. Less than a week and we begin the next chapter. I am trying to remain hopeful.

    My WV: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/11/wednesday-vignette-autumn-and-agaves.html

  8. Steve says:

    I for one hope Hillary gets there. The worry is always that the election might be a rerun of Brexit and the polls all prove to under estimate trumps support. Your quote was quite good but as a man I should point out that Trump has been thrown out of our club!

    • annamadeit says:

      I think she’ll get through, but I worry it will be more of a nail biter than I had hoped for. I’m glad you kicked him out – he was most definitely not worthy! 🙂

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  10. Kris P says:

    I didn’t know that Portland had a reputation for dirty air – I hope it’s not as bad as the air down this way. As to the election, the process has been making me physically sick. I’ve never felt as troubled by a candidate as I have been in this case. If you haven’t watched “Full Frontal,” you may want to check it out – Samantha Bee is becoming a spokeswoman for the rage a lot of women are feeling right now.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, Portland has some of the highest asthma and cancer rates because of it. It’s not something we like to brag about, as it speaks volumes about the lack of political ability to deal with it. As for the election – yes, it is deeply disturbing on so many levels. Yet, I can’t NOT watch the news – it is sickening and fascinating, all at the same time. I am feeling the rage, and will definitely check out “Full Frontal”. Thanks for the tip, Kris!

  11. botanizeme says:

    (Or, putting it another way, Ginger Rogers, dancing backwards and in high heels…)
    I’m hoping that this explosion of ugliness is akin to lancing a boil and all the hate-mongers got their catharsis and will return to a baseline of human decency and civility — yeah, I’m that naive!

  12. hb says:

    Yes, exhausted here. It’s been just awful, awful. I’d rather be thinking about gardens.

  13. Evan Bean says:

    I’m with you (and her). I want this election over and I’m hoping for the best. Personally, I’m hoping the female half of the population will save us, being so (rightfully) outraged by Trump. You go girls! I wish I had as much faith in my own gender. I hadn’t thought of all this human refuse coming to the surface the way you put it. It is extremely unpleasant to see, but you may be right that it’s actually a good thing in the long run. Society could have kept on ignoring all those issues, comfortably under the rug, out of view, but now we’re forced to admit that we aren’t as socially advanced as we thought. I hope this reminder galvanizes the decent members of society to renew efforts to end these issues. I also hope that my usual assumption is correct: that there aren’t actually as many deplorables as there appear to be. They just seem more numerous because they’re so loud, and they’ve been concentrated by gathering around Trump and through media coverage. Your photo is a perfect metaphor. All that dirt that we didn’t notice before, suddenly concentrated and visible. Now it can be washed away.

    I left the heavy thinking out of my WV post this week: http://practicalplantgeek.blogspot.com/2016/11/wednesday-vignette.html

    • annamadeit says:

      You’re right Evan – perhaps they seem so disproportionally many because they are so loud and offensive. It doesn’t seem like it right now, but I sure hope kindness and human decency prevails and drowns them all out in the end.

  14. I voted and now I’m waiting for the good news. Fingers crossed.

    Here’s my wv: http://www.gravylessons.com/journal2/2016/11/2/wednesday-vignette-toadstool

  15. rickii says:

    Send money…check. Vote…check! High hopes that Hillary will rock the presidency and the fools will notice.

  16. Yes, you’re right. We feel as though everything has changed, people saying the dumbest things in public, as though proud to be crude.
    Every day I look for something to cheer me…I can’t make calls, can’t do any volunteering this year as I did in 2012 so it makes me feel blue. I too wonder if we’ll ever be the same again……

  17. Great post. It is a disturbing and exhausting election season and like none I ever recall. I think women are particularly affected since so much of the hate is directed at us, just for being women. I am taking heart at the Cubbies’ World Series victory, that it is a good omen for both a democratic and Democratic win next Tuesday.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Linda! It IS worse than ever, isn’t it? But somehow it feels like a new era is being ushered in – the era of women – and traditionalists are fighting it tooth and nail. It really feels like this is a turning point, of sorts. Yes! Let’s hope the long-awaited victory of the Cubs is a good omen. That was some game wasn’t it? I felt bad for Cleveland, though – they were so close…

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