Prof. Andrew Solomon, writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts.
In my early days, I met Jews who had fled Vienna in the 1930s despite friends who said that nothing so awful could happen to their peaceable way of life. I met Russians who had escaped St. Petersburg in 1917, at a time when they could not believe the old order was no more. Tonight I am glad to be a dual national, because I fear this is the beginning of a tragedy on an epic scale, one that will haunt us for decades to come, one in which everything we believe in, everything we have thought was stable, is in danger. People say, “It’s not the end of the world” as a standard phrase of comfort. But this time, it might be.
Prof. Dan Ariely, the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics; teaches at Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and also the co-founder of BEworks.
So, I think that the journey to make the US into multiple societies, their haves and their have-nots, has been successful. We have a large group of people who are frustrated and feel helpless; they feel they have been betrayed and they just voted. This lack of confidence in the system not in a way that would help them out, sadly. But their cry for change, while drastically misplaced, should also be a worrying sign for what is to come if we don’t deal with ignorance, lack of education and the growing inequality. What a sad lesson.
Dr Guy Winch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, keynote and TED speaker, and author whose books have been translated into twenty languages.
According to the American Psychological Association, the majority of Americans of all political affiliations felt the run up to the elections were causing them significant stress. However, given how polarised the electorate has become, the results of the election are probably causing at least half the country just as much post-election anxiety about the immediate and long-term future.
Chen Lizra, TED Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Seminar Leader, Somatic Life Coach, Professional Dancer, Bestselling Author, & Cuba Tour Leader.
I think that we have to sit and wait to understand what it all means. Trump is a wild card. He said many things in order to get elected. It’s not necessarily what he will do. Because of this there is no way of really judging the outcome yet. Time will tell how this will unfold. No doubt we woke up this morning, Nov 9th, to a new world. The US impacts the whole world so the results are important to everyone and will be felt everywhere for good and for bad.
Annie Sprinkle, the first porn star to earn a Phd (BFA at School of Visual Arts in NYC) and a founder of the Post Porn Modernism and Ecosexology movement.
Today is a very sad day for the ecosexual community. It is likely that our lover, the Earth, will be even more raped, abused and exploited than ever before. We are starting to plan funerals for the animal species that won’t have a chance when corporate greed is free to do as it wishes. But we will keep defending what we love, and keep loving what we defend.