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Breaking the Locks on Your Mental Baggage

by Anna Mathias

Liv Fun: Vol 9 – Issue 2

When Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States in November 2016, I was attending UCLA, rightly known as a highly liberal university. Reaction to the election results was more polarizing than I could have ever imagined.

The night of the election, a large portion of the UCLA student body marched in protest of the results, forcing a shutdown of one of the busiest streets in west Los Angeles. The following morning, in my statistics class, our relatively young professor addressed the elephant in the room. “I’m sure it must have been an emotional night for some of you,” he said, and announced our midterm examination was pushed back to the following week. As one of many who’d forgone studying the night before to watch the breathless news coverage of the election results and the night-long protests, I was relieved.

Though I happened to agree with the opinions of my marching peers, I noticed a disturbing trend that night. Differing political opinions were immediately shunned by the larger community; the idea of listening to different perspectives quickly dissipated. If you weren’t aligned with the protestors’ point of view, your opinions didn’t matter nor hold any merit.

Many class discussions in the weeks following the election turned to heated debates, even shouting matches, replacing the normally meager group participation.

It felt to me that any mental flexibility, at least within the political sphere, had been abandoned, resulting in a highly charged and negative atmosphere — not only across the UCLA campus, but across the United States.

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Summer 2020
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