The land rolls on uninterrupted as far as the eye can see. Herds of buffalo appear in far-off meadows like ghosts, before vanishing like so many of their ancestors. Bands of wild horses are even more elusive. They call these the badlands. I think they’re anything but. In our country’s time of manifest destiny and westward expansion, this land was passed over because it was less desirable than the rich arable plains of Kansas and Nebraska. I’d be lying if I said it was a shame. If this land had been settled, it would have removed its wildness. The badlands’ unspoiled splendor is a testament to the man this park is named after. I wonder how many others before me have perched on this same cliff and wondered at the vastness surrounding them.

It is like living history.

Today, we are living history in many ways. 2016 is certainly one for the books. There is no doubt that there’s a lot going on in our world, and so much is focused on the negative, especially in this election.

These are our lands. This is our country, and regardless of what happens in this election today, it is still one of the greatest countries on earth. The people we are voting for are not our leaders. They are representatives, and it would do us well to keep that in mind. Yet a major theme these candidates have represented throughout this election is one of polarization. We can’t afford to be divided. We need to stand together, to find common ground regardless of who we voted for today. We can find similarities with each other, and that will be the beginning of a culture of kindness and compassion so desperately needed.

So as those results come in tonight, no matter who wins or loses, let’s come together as one vast country. Vast in landscapes, diversity, interests, and backgrounds. Let’s find our common ground, and come together as Americans.

“Darkness is a harsh term don’t you think, and yet it dominates the things I see.” – Roll Away Your Stone, Mumford & Sons

“The world, it don’t feel right. Love would win if it would fight.” -Hold On, Gospel Whiskey Runners

The Wound by Gospel Whiskey Runners

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