This quote from Richard Rohr meant far more to me than the debate results:
Jesus and Francis (of Assisi) had no pragmatic agenda for social reform.
They just moved outside the system of illusion, more ignoring it than fighting
it, and quite simply doing it better.
Don't waste any time
dividing the world into the good guys and the bad guys. Hold them both
together in your own soul--where they are anyway--and you will have held
together the whole world.
You will have overcome the great
divide--in one place of spacious compassion. You, little you, will have
paid the price of redemption. God takes it from there . . .