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"The Week Just Passed" by, Dan O'Brien

Our culture suffered a setback during the busy week just passed. Many people are deeply upset and there are those who couldn’t care less. The election, of course, is a big story. But I’m not sure it should be. Elections come and go.

Some of the clarity gained over the last five or six decades will no-doubt fade, but the nugget of what was revealed in that time will remain. We know much more about what makes us human than we did fifty years ago. Whether you are an admirer or not, you have been enriched by the mile-marker that was passed last week. We’ve been helped to understand that, no matter how differently we approach life, we strive for the same things. Respecting differences is of paramount importance. If we have learned nothing else, we should have learned that, difficult as life is, it goes on. We are all better people for the era that ended on November 10th. The death of Leonard Cohen should sadden us all.

                                    Like a bird on the wire

                                    Like a drunk in a midnight choir

                                    I have tried, in my way,

                                    To be free



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Dorothy Jacobs

November 12, 2016

What ended era are you referring to?

Jane Burns

November 12, 2016

You are a special human being. Hugs. And we sure would like to see Jill’s ?

Nina Salter

November 12, 2016

Well Dan – It is nice to hear from you – The Europeans are aghast, and terrified of their upcoming elections, given the abrupt turn of ours. We have been listening to Leonard non stop and I do believe, as a french friend of mine pointed out, he probably decided to check out once he heard the results.. Very dry here in Colorado, but I have turned several households onto wild idea, at least that!

bobby

November 12, 2016

Your commentary was confusing. Wondering whether you were talking politics or the death of a friend…

Howard Ende

November 12, 2016

If i could suggest, don’t mix politics with your business.

I’m not sure what era you are referring to, or what in our culture is being setback, but tread lightly, as Americans can vote with their ballot boxes and their wallets.

Maradee Girt

November 12, 2016

Wound is still too raw for many of us and hard to ignore the monsters Trump has unleashed – bigotry, misogyny, anti-semitism, every kind of me-firstism that will not make this country great. And that comment only addresses the human portion of the gash he has caused. Frightening enough for sure but what about the world we all live in – those small bits where each of us live and love and protect, the huger world we all share. You are right in saying that time will pass, life will go on, the differences must be bridged and maybe there is something to be said for this too-long campaign rearing off layers of complacency and exposing the ugliness that Trump’s rhetoric rekindled. But I do know good people who voted for Trump who, I hope, will find themselves horrified to be associated with the kkk, neo-nazis, climate change non-believers, me-firsters, America uber alles thinkers who will work toward some kind of coalition that can save us from our worst selves.

Jo Ann Hajek

November 12, 2016

beautiful…

Gina Obrien

November 12, 2016

Well said Dan. Reflections are appreciated and respected. Thank you for all you do. Peace & light, Gina

Mary Smrcka

November 12, 2016

You have two women in your household. What do they say?

Dave Papritz

November 12, 2016

Howard Ende has it right. Last I checked, something like 60 million people might disagree with your assertion that the country has “suffered a setback”. And how is it that we have evolved such that we “know more about what makes us human” than 50 years ago. How presumptuous is that? Even arrogant. I’d say cultural and spiritual decadence has pointed us down a road heading full speed the other way.

Anyway, I still love the products of Wild Idea Buffalo and glad that bison are neither republicans or democrats.

God Bless America

Susan

November 12, 2016

It’s nice to try to be objective and level-headed, but as a rancher, you should be deeply concerned that this election means the overturning of the Paris and Kyoto accords. Bye-bye habitat.

Patti

November 12, 2016

I never tire of the beauty and wisdom of your words and thoughts, and courage.

Kerry Montgomery

November 12, 2016

There has been a passing of two eras on Nov. 10. One artistic, the other political/humanitarian. I think Dan referred to both and was intentionally vague to allow each of us to choose which one, or both, we wished to mourn.

Bryan Edwards

November 12, 2016

I am not happy to see you are mixing politics with business! Maybe 60 mil voters do not believe the results of this election “culture suffered a set back”. Look what has happened to the NY Times. Wait until you see Walmart, Starbucks and others earnings this quarter reflecting boycotts. You have heard the expression “Don’t tread on me”? Clue…hard working Americans of all collars are tired of paying for people who do not work.

Jon Crane

November 12, 2016

I, for one, am saddened by the passing of Leonard Cohen, as I was saddened by the passing of Pete Seeger a year ago. Leonard was a fine poet, writer, and performer, as well as a compassionate thoughtful human being. His words give us much to contemplate in these troubled times. This world could use a lot more like him.

Olivier

November 12, 2016

Thanks Dan, allways a pleasure to read your words. Intelligence, common sense, tolerance and tenacity will be useful in the years to come.
Greetings from France

Robert Maccargar

November 12, 2016

Dan, I have to agree with comments like Dave Papritz left. I do really enjoy most of what you write, but putting politics into your bison ad is not what I would have expected. Having to read insane comments like Maradee left just is just infuriating. It opens up the door to have those with a different idea of what could have happened if the other politician got elected and strays from the point of what you and your family is doing.

Rita Gorra

November 12, 2016

We learn every day. I hope we can grow. Politics affects us, our families and our earth. Let me say I was upset and angry about this election. After much thought and reflection, I think we need to talk. Not post opinions, but talk to our friends and family. Some of us will have to learn how to do that. Both sides had the right idea. Let’s put it together. Make America great and we are stronger together. Let’s work together to find out what we agree on and go on from there. America used to do this, but by not talking we have alienated ourselves and our representatives have, mostly not all, taken advantage of that. I am no longer angry. I hope to learn what happened. Half the country can’t be wrong. Whichever side you are on.

Cathy Hatcher

November 12, 2016

Like some People have Pointed out Don t Mix Business w Politics the People Have Spoken and Now We Have To Come Together As One If We Are To Save Our Values and Religious Rights and Save This Great Country Of Ours May God Bless Each And Everyone Of Us

Bryan Edwards

November 12, 2016

I also want to reiterate, I absolutely love all of your products and I have tried almost all of them! Thank you for doing such an excellent job in every way. Sincerely,

Andy

November 12, 2016

Thanks for getting me caught up Dan, I’ve been immersed in the rut !

Sybille Crane

November 12, 2016

So long, Marianne. It’s time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again!

Vernon Cross

November 15, 2016

It takes very little awareness to realize that a mass of people have awakened to their deepest feelings as a result of the elections. If the status quo was feeling enthused before the results were tallied, they are surely quickened all the more now that a new era has begun. It all spells a most robust discourse in the offing for everyone facing the awesome opportunity to buy wild grass fed bison never fattened in feed lots! And help bring on the most amazing game preserve and international wildlife panoramas in the world at the North American Bison Rangelands Park!! Come on you Dakotans and Saskachewanis, and Manitobans. . .get your buffalo groove on for the rest of mankind to gawk at!!! Together we stand. . .and sit. . .and eat better after praying, too.

Chuck Beatty

November 28, 2016

The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world. —Leonard Cohen

Keep up the great work, Dan.

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