This election was not simply the result of two unpopular candidates fighting for our lackluster attention. It was a message to all of us that we have dropped the ball, that we haven’t shown up, that we have left the heaving lifting—actually all the lifting—for someone else to do. Now many of us don’t like what others came up with, and we are grieving at the prospects of a darker world emerging. Whether it does or not is up to us. Just like everything else. I take power and solace from that knowledge.