It’s a mistake to assume that the result of every election is the same—that in a democracy real emotional and psychological terror cannot become an everyday reality directly associated with Presidential power. And while empirical evidence proves that politically-induced emotional and psychological trauma requiring medical treatment is real, a national catastrophe does not have to result in never-ending trauma and grief for those adversely affected.
Whatever the results, the French presidential election of 2017 will have long term consequences impacting the entire nation, and is also likely a have a great global effect – on the United Nations, the United States, Brexit and the ultimate fate of the European Union.
It's interesting how a simple gesture can bring up so many memories, like smelling and tasting a freshly percolated cup of coffee on a balmy afternoon. I’m thinking of the social experience of eating out in Georgia 30 or 40 years ago. It was the end of an era, and I would be the last generation to experience it.