Fandango’s Provocative Question #145

If you’re American, do you concur with my assessment that our country is rapidly going to hell in a handbasket? Or do you believe that everything is hunky-dory and America’s light is shining as brightly as ever?

Aw shucks. If I didn’t agree with you, I wouldn’t come calling, Mr. Fan Dango.

The bigger problem for me is recognizing how badly I failed to deal with what was happening. I knew back when I was working in the Environmental Health Laboratory at the University of Jerusalem in the early 1980s. Data was pouring in — even then, before Google.

I would like to say I did everything I could, but I didn’t. I voted for good people and I always voted. But I didn’t deep green my life or go out to work on behalf of the downtrodden. I didn’t feel particularly uptrodden myself.

Really, we were all like that. We knew there was a problem, but we were waiting for someone to take the lead and tell us what we should do. I don’t think it was a conscious wish, but it was there. A bit amorphic. I really wasn’t sure what I could do, especially given the constraints of working full-time and being a wife and parent.

Nonetheless, I should have done more. I knew better and yet I did what everyone else did — which was not much.

The Accusing Eye

Has it gone from bad to worse? You betcha. Will it go from worse to “OMG-I-CAN’T-BELIEVE-HOW-BAD-IT-IS” bad, which is several layers up, but maybe won’t take all that long to manifest? I’m sure it will, though I think we still have time to change that future if we would actually DO something.

Instead of our parties getting together and forming a unified government to deal with the multiple crises — the distress of people, climate, and the inevitable changes that will occur, we’ve solidified into LITERALLY multiple armed camps. How bad is that? Wait, it will get worse.

I have reached the point where my brain is stalling. Like an airplane that tried a loop and failed, my mental engine is sputtering. It’s gotten so ugly and a lot of the time, I just want to hide. I don’t think I’ve ever felt quite this helpless and I don’t think it’s going away. I think this is our new normal and we’d better get used to it.

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8 replies

  1. Marilyn, you can replace “American” with any other country and every word holds good. I can add a few more pages of my own woes as “Indian”.


  2. Sadly, I have to agree with your assessment. Unfortunately, through apathy, we have allowed this to happen and it’s probably to late to do anything about it.


    • It wouldn’t be too late if we — and the REST of the polluting world — were actually doing something about anything. As far as I can tell, no nation is doing anything substantial. Lots of talk, lots of grandiose ideas that will never be implemented because there are no plans or allocated funds. Some of our states are doing as well as they can, but too many states are doing NOTHING — and that is the only thing we can’t afford to do. It really IS depressing.

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  3. When are THE PEOPLE going to say ENOUGH is ENOUGH???
    In olden times these Trumpites would have been flung out on the street.


    • The problem is that it’s hard to know who to fight. I suspect that conglomerates are the groups really in charge and they are the ones giving the order. How to you fight a giant conglomerate? They aren’t elected, at least not by US and they are pretty impervious. Short of not buying their products — a great idea, but not exactly practical for most of us — what’s next?

      That’s where the helplessness comes in. Who are we really fighting and do they care what we believe? They own us — and they are NOT elected.


  4. You’ve said it Marilyn. True but depressing


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