A crossroads and a choice. Denial or change.
David the GnomeParticipant
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I have tried to live in denial for quite some time. To deny what my own senses, my own thoughts and feelings indicate to me is the truth. In a rare moment of genuine honesty, I must admit that I think we are heading straight for the ultimate stupidity. As Nations continue to build ever more powerful weapons, weapons that could wipe out the world many times over… as Nations horde vaccines in the rush to cure their own people first, as we advance in technology, choices are being made. Many of them have been the wrong ones – no, most of them have been. Every day the headlines scream to us (if we can read between the lines) that our leaders, here and abroad… are fools. That they are selfish, greedy and not concerned with the overall populace. This is evident in carbon emissions, it is evident in military actions, in sanctions, in wars, hot or cold, trade or battle.
Like the Romans of old, the great American Empire has become far too filled with hubris, far too concerned with wealth, with power…. with not serving, but forcing others to serve. A tale as old as time – and there is always a price to pay. Sadly, we will not pay it alone – and even more sadly, most of us are not responsible for this state of affairs. Most people wish to live in peace, to attempt to live decently, to live by some notion at least resembling the golden rule – to treat others as we would like to be treated.
Philosophy, theology, religion… these things have long (at least any decent sort) told us that through sharing what we have and serving each other… we become better beings. They also tell us that in our selfishness, in our arrogance, our ignorance, fear and hate… we become lesser. While our political leaders and most of the world’s media will happily ignore this simply truth (along with, probably, most of the world’s population) – we are at a crossroads. The things being done today… decisions being made, advancements great and terrible, will lead us to one of two places. An age of hope, of travel among the stars, of a humanity more united than ever… or of the third world war, one that will in all likelihood be the end of every Nation, one that will lead to a dystopian future I do not like to even imagine.
What choice do we make? Compassion and empathy… or cling to stubborn pride, fear, selfishness? It is a choice… until it isn’t. Until it is made for us by our world leaders, by those who should be considered to have a sacred duty of guiding humanity and the world towards a brighter future.
We must change. We must, at the least, adapt in socioeconomic terms. The only other option is our downfall. America will not collapse by itself. It will take most of the world with it, if and when that time comes – and as I read the headlines, I increasingly fear that it is coming.
So I say, for the love of everything good, decent, for ourselves and each other… for our very species… we must choose to end our wars. We must choose to put our weapons away, to reach out to each other in friendship, in compassion, to build a better world. None of us can do it alone. We cannot do it with our current leaders and our current system. Humanity at large must awaken to this reality, to the absolute necessity of change… now.
The odds are not in our favor – but we are used to that. It is possible that we can overcome the issues of our time, but we must first change how we see the world and ourselves… each other. Which wolf do we feed?
If we continue in denial, as most of us have long lived in… then there is truly no hope. Yet, for each person that makes a conscious decision to give a damn, we have a victory. If we have enough of them… we just might change the world.
April 6, 2021 at 5:53 PM #415389MizzGrizzParticipant
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What Bernie’s two runs for the presidency was saying to us all is:you must change!
It wasn’t just Washington that would have to change for Bernie’s ideas to take hold.It was everyone’s basic attitudes—toward consumption,toward meritocracy,toward the American Exceptionalism we all grew up with and its poison antidote of identity politics,toward our families—everything.
People as a rule were ‘t willing to do the work Bernie’s ideas demanded.The truth is,they were comfortable with the safe and sorry.They liked it.Nothing and no one had to give up anything.
That’s why the complacent are lined up behind a Joe Biden now.
No,it won’t change.
April 6, 2021 at 6:54 PM #415397closeupreadyParticipant
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But actually, she wrote that it wasn’t being physically tired, it was that she was tired of the racist bus seating policy:
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired,” wrote Parks in her autobiography, “but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
We can’t all be Rosa Parks – I don’t think I’d have been able to do what she did. But I do try living in a way that is consistent with my ethics and values. And I get heat because of it, but that’s just how life is – sometimes uncomfortable. Does anything change? I have no idea if anything outside me changes as a result, but I do know that changing things about my life does make me feel better, healthier.
I guess that’s my way of saying, continue opposing war even if nobody listens to you. Continue supporting green policies, even if you are the only one.
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