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.
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.