While afterthought can be considered more benign, cerebral, and sort of “arm-chair, quarterback”-ish on 3rd down plays; …aftermath can be more like “sacked quarterback goes out for the season with broken arm—team in turmoil”-ish.
Afterthought can be second-guessing and reconsidering one’s better options afterwards instead of beforehand.
Aftermath can be the seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, even decades following a questionable decision or wide-spread disaster that can irrevocably change the course of lives forever.
Afterthoughts of what we might have done better, rather than what we did do at the time, may haunt us indefinitely.
Where we as global citizens are right now is caught in the aftermath of decisions made by unscrupulous leaders throughout the world many decades and even centuries prior—decisions made by those who were trusted and depended upon at the time, to put humanity’s welfare above their own personal greed and self-focus.
What does this mean to all of us in the NOW?
We are presently living in the aftermath of bad decisions—decisions traditionally based on fear and hatred—decisions based on self-interest and bids for power and control of resources, finances, and real estate—decisions based on short-term, more immediate benefits and gratuities, rather than long-term sustainable values that help raise people from crushing poverty and provide a solid chance at self-determination.
So with the American election season presently underway, as these latest supposed–saviors of family values and middle-class economic stability trot out their inflammatory one-liners and slash-and-trash campaign tactics, please keep in mind that any afterthoughts you might have the day after the election for NOT voting in primaries and in November 2016, mean nothing to the rest of us; because we will be too busy dealing with the aftermath of voter apathy and irresponsibility to even consider it.
Listen, …and I mean REALLY listen to what ALL candidates say and claim as his or her platform of beliefs; and then ask if he/she can provide verifiable records of action taken in that same regard before making a decision to give that person your valuable approval.
Actions, like wars, have consequences.
Let’s make sure that we all aren’t someone else’s afterthought this time.
Let’s be their primary consideration for a change.
Let’s stop living in the aftermath of someone else’s personal ambition.