I'm convinced I live in an alternate reality.
I'm sure many of you feel the same way. I think we arrived around the same time.
I wasn't aware of the change until fairly recently (within the last few years). But it's anyone's guess when it actually happened. Some suggest it happened between 1986 and 2011.
The biggest clue for me was that in this reality, the Berenstein Bears are called the Berenstain Bears. Just to clarify, the difference is in the 'stEin' and 'stAin'. I'm a Berenstein-er.
Mandela Effect or not, I was, and still am, deeply troubled by this. Really fucked with my sense of reality, my memories, and my childhood.
And now to further substantiate my theory, the President of the United States is Donald Trump.
I don't even know where to start. DAPL/KXL? Mexico? The Wall? TPP? Muslim/Immigration Ban?
Trumps visa ban also applies to citizens with dual nationalities! They are barring permanent American residents/those holding green cards from entering the US from 7 Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya).
What the fuck is going on? What is happening? What is this country turning into? We are clearly no longer the 'land of the free'.
All of this makes me uncomfortable. I am a naturalized US citizen, but I used to hold a green card. My parents immigrated to this country from South Korea in the late 80s with my sister and I. I'm Korean-American and while my identity is deeply rooted in both cultures, I find myself to be more American. But I don't share the same values of this administration and those that voted them in.
I fully admit that I am not normally into politics. I have my opinions, but in recent past didn't want to talk about it because the forums we use (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) only seem to preach to the choir, and then there are the times when you have that one friend that turns out to be a huge scum bag that uses your post to wage a war of words with another friend. It's too much.
I care a lot more about politics now because well, this shit has been keeping me up at night, among other more seemingly trivial personal issues. I get seriously anxious looking at my Facebook feed and when I watch or read the news.
That said, my frustrations aren't just aimed at conservatives, the alt-right, neo-nazi's, racists, etc. There are issues across all sides. There is no real dialog between anyone.
Everything has become so extreme. I get that nobody wants to back down, but we have to find a middle ground. I know it's easy for me to just say all of this stuff when we have a demagogue in power, but we are all better than this. We don't deserve this reality. The children don't deserve this future.
On a lighter note, while this reality fucking blows, the number of quality TV shows the last few years has been pretty great...amirite?