President Trump’s latest gaffe has me thinking. What could I do with the power of a sharpie? If only I had a sharpie at my disposal, how could I change the course of human events?
First thing’s first, I would go back in time exactly 4.5 weeks to the day after my birthday, when I rear ended a car on a highway exit ramp. I’d use that magic sharpie and just color in the little dent in that car. Then I’d use the sharpie to cross out the claim against my insurance.
I’d use that sharpie to award myself a master’s degree, just one class (and a lot of stress) short of getting it the old fashioned way. My magic sharpie would remove some numbers from my credit card statement, and add a few to my home equity. It would draw a great big house on my property, and color in the patches where the grass on my lawn has died.
I would draw me in all the exotic locales that I have yet to visit, and draw my friends and family into every moment I find wishing they were there with me. It would cross out the number 15 and make my old dog a puppy again.
When I am done making my own minor corrections I’m gonna start on the rest of the world. The 2016 election, for example. Guess what? Hillary just won Florida, bitches. The sharpie has made it so. I will draw food into drought ravaged fields, and flowers in the barrels of weapons of war. Then I will sketch a protective veil around this planet that we insist on destroying.
It’s fun to think of how one could “edit” their life, their mistakes, and their past with the stroke of a pen. But the reality is that we have the option to change a great deal of our collective future. We don’t have to pick the buffoon who uses a sharpie to fix his stupid shit, and we don’t have to be cynical about the opposition either.
It’s really sexy right now to be disenchanted with politics, to say “both sides are the same.” What a defeatist world-view that is.
This is a drum I will likely beat for the next 14 months. I cannot abide by those who aren’t willing to accept incremental change. Those who would rather watch the world burn than vote for the better of two options, if not the best.
We do have a sharpie. We can write in the future we want. But it takes faith in the system, it takes belief in the people who run for office, and frankly, it takes a capacity for disappointment. Because our sharpie isn’t actually magic. It can’t fix everything for everyone. But when wielded responsibly, it can fix a great deal of things for the people who need it most. Don’t underestimate the value of incremental change. Don’t underestimate the power you have to draw our future.