Sunday, February 5, 2017
February 5, 2017 (Tosh's Diary)
February 5, 2017
I went for a walk in Downtown Los Angeles, mostly to clear my head. In my depressive mode, I tend to walk in that neighborhood for the architecture, bars, and to look at the people. I have to admit that I haven't been happy ever since the President got elected. I thought I had it in with the Stephen Bannon connection, but like everything else in my life, I'm often invited to the table with the big guys, but of course, it's at the end of the table by the toilets or exit. It's discouraging because I just want to support myself as a writer, and of course, as a community project, build a Trump statue. The truth is I don't even like Trump. I just wanted to do something to bring the country back together again. For awhile, I was toying with an idea of having a statue made of Trump shaking hands with Hilary Clinton. But again, I was discouraged by friends and foes who say that is a horrible idea. I was even open-minded to make a statue of Trump and Putin shaking hands - and that too didn't go off well in my community or the board members (my wife and mom) of my foundation.
I suspect everything is turning from bad to worse, which is causing me grave feelings of insecurity and depression. The funny thing is when an election is over, and the guy or girl wins; everyone is Ok, maybe things will get better. But for whatever reasons, everyone is stressed out or even suffering from anxiety of all sorts. My soul purpose is to get rid of this sense of loss or feelings of apprehensiveness. As I walk up Broadway without being conscious of where I am going, I came upon a group of really cute girls. They were carrying signs. "Water is Life." "Pipelines are War Crimes." I found myself in a March regarding the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and the plan to build the South Dakota Pipeline, on Native American land. I didn't plan to be there, but here I was, walking among them.
I realize it's fate that I'm here. Perhaps the statue is not going to bring people together, but the process of going on marches is what is going to unite us. As I walk with these people, which first, seemed to be a hundred or so, but more come, block-by-block, that hundred turns to a thousand. Or perhaps more! It's an incredible feeling to be with the masses, after spending so much time alone, just thinking about my stupid statue project and my useless writing. I discover the two most important things in life is being with a vast population for one cause for all, and of course, on Facebook. Is my happiness around the corner?