I saw this in a Facebook group, written by a man who wanted to talk to someone that believes that Donald Trump was sent by God and my first question was “why?” but instead of saying that I said “I….am so not your person.”

A tentative agreement to have me on the show later, (I’m still waiting) and I am still fascinated by the fact that there are people in this world who believe that Donald Trump was sent by God, and honestly, I can actually see that.

IF we go with the idea that God is in charge, and that the Gods above are in power, then we must consider the fact that it’s absolutely possible that God sent Trump in order to test our resilience to all things not fucking evil.

Just go with me for a moment, what if the very existence of Trump was a test sent by the Gods, to see which of us would choose whatever side we chose.

What if you knew for sure that this was a sign that God is up there somewhere deciding who gets what future, what would you say? How would you feel? Honestly I’d be pissed.

Years ago I had a dream that I was dying, and I heard a voice say “he has to be President,” now, keep in mind I was fucking high. And this was just after Trump won, so it wasn’t exactly a dream so much as a fucking nightmare, but it wasn’t the first time I’d had this dream. The first time I’d had the dream the voice said “Trump has to be President” I woke up ten minutes later with the words “the fuck he does” filling my ears as loudly as possible.

Now forget the fact that I have psychic dreams, everyone has them now and then when something major is happening to the world, the point is, that I never thought my nightmare would become a reality, so I can actually see how maybe God was like “let’s see what happens if…” and then if happened, and then a lot of bad shit happened.

Today we learned that Covid19 has surpassed heart disease in the number of deaths it has caused in the USA.

Despite what people might have you believe, whether Trump was sent by God or the Devil himself, he’s not actually to blame for what is happening in America right now.

Sure he made a lot of dumb choices and the damage he caused will have generational consequences, but it’s not entirely his fault. For four years the American people have complained about Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell, and then y’all voted them back into office again.

We have to stop pretending that there are more of us who believe in freedom, respect, health care, and education for all then those who don’t. We have to wake up to the idea that there are a lot of people who are living in pain, and they will reach for whatever rope offers them hope.

That doesn’t mean that rope is going to pull them out of the darkness, it means that they won’t care, as long as they can stop feeling so alone and so afraid.

We all know what that is like. That’s why it’s so important to work towards a place of inclusiveness and diversity in every community that we can find. Where there is understanding, love, respect, kindness, people thrive and grow.

Where there is darkness, pain, sorrow, and abuse, people shrivel up and die. It’s not rocket science, treat people good and that shit spreads like wildfire, treat them like crap and that shit flies like a tsunami.

So how do we get to a place where everyone feels like their voices matter? Yesterday I had the absolute honor of sitting down with seven women who work in the cannabis industry in various ways. Some of us were educators, some of us were students, and others were advocates. Each of us play our role, and the one thing that we have in common is that we all love cannabis, and that we were self identifying women.

The one thing that we didn’t have in common? Each of us were made genetically different which showed in the color of our skin. Some of us were white, and others were people of color, and some were of African or Jamaican descent, but our starting point, our precipice, was the fact that we love cannabis.

We understand that we need more diversity in the cannabis industry, but we also understand that we have the power to influence the future of the cannbis industry by working together, even though we all come from different places around the country and different experiences based on in part, our skin tone.

We understand that as a collective, changing the way that the world looks at women who smoke cannabis, much less women of color, can and will have an affect on other corners of the world, and that’s the crux, because that’s what the other side is afraid of.

They don’t want inclusivity, they don’t want acceptance, diversity, and protection for those who come from “our side”.

So say that Trump was sent by God, say that he was sent as a warning of what was to come if we didn’t fight for our “God Given right” to exist in a world that tells us that we don’t have that right because we’re Black, Trans, Gay, Bisexual, Lesbians, Non-Binary humans who don’t fit into the box that the world demands we do.

What if he was sent to remind us that we have the power in our voices to change the world into the kind of world that was promised to the Jews? What if the pains and sorrows of the Garden of Eden have been birthed throughout the ages so that those of us reading this post can exist in a world that demands we fight back?

Does that mean that Trump actually had a purpose here? Does that mean that his purpose was a good thing? No, the fuck it does not.

Trump was an unmitigated disaster for the majority of us around the world. He closed programs that helped the environment, fought against women, people of color, and marginalized communities, and he stood up for white supremacists.

The man allegedly colluded with foreign governments to steal the election, and then he kicked and stomped up a storm when he lost the second one, and now he’s threatening to run again in twenty, twenty four. And there is every chance in the world that he might win.

This man doesn’t care about anyone in America, and he’s proven that time and time again, but his supporters are so emotionally drained that they can’t see the forest for the trees, and it shows. There are a lot of them, in your families, in your work place, and in your school system. They are in our governments and they are our neighbors, and it’s time that we start recognizing that if we want a better future we’re actually going to have to keep fighting for it.

Over this last year I have been personally emotionally drained by the thought of the Black Lives Matter protests, exhausted on their behalf because they have been storming the gates and fighting all year long in the names of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and so many hundreds of others.

I don’t know if Donald Trump was sent by God, but I genuinely do believe that the earth is demanding the respect it deserves. I know that we as a race are looking towards a war of good and evil and if we’re not on the right side of things then we’re absolutely doomed.

I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s also true. How many films do you need about the end of the world to know that something out there is warning us? How many times must reality mimic art before we realize that we actually have to get off our asses and change our community for the better?

I worked in the Church system for more than ten years, worked side by side with those who had been addicted to drugs, and lived on the streets, and the one thing that they all had in common is that no matter how many times they went back out again, they always came home. They came for meals, they came for fellowship, they came because they knew that there was a place they could go where they would be safe for a little while.

That’s called hope.

Thats called believing that there is something bigger than yourself pulling you to a place that is warm and safe and filled with laughter and friendship. No matter what way you swing it, everyone has their purpose on this planet. Some come to teach, others to deceive, some come to fight, and others to heal. But we all have our purpose, the only question is what are you going to do with yours?

Sending all my love,

Devon J Hall

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