Most people I know are good people. Or at least I have always thought they were. These days, I’m not sure what to think. I can’t believe the wholesale refusal by many to live in a world of facts and truth. It truly feels like we are in the End Times, to describe it in words from post-apocalyptic fiction.
The entire world watched with horror as the US Capitol was overtaken by a mob called into action by the previous guy. We watched as George Floyd was murdered. But before that – long before that – the racism in my birth country was out in full force, too. The history of the US is full of racism, from start to… well, finish. Native American genocide. Slavery. Japanese internment. Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Korea. Vietnam. The middle East. Family separations at the border. What’s the common thread here? Shameful, shameful, shameful.
In these End Times, lying has no consequence. People are not held to account. The ice is melting, the oceans dying, the forests are burning and an oil rich state is so greedy that it’s people had to chop up furniture to burn and people froze to death in their homes.
I am ashamed of so many people. I am ashamed that in such a rich country people don’t value education and intellect. The mob has such a loud voice that it overpowers the voice of reason and thoughtful discourse. Our Senators disappear when their constituents need them and then lie about it. They vote to acquit a clearly guilty man with no remorse.
What can be done? In a world like this – with a pandemic raging – I guess I’m not surprised that people who don’t care about others will forgo masks and refuse a vaccine. The vaccine will only be effective if enough people get it so there again, their loud, ignorant voices push reason and caring out of the way.
What about people who won’t take a side? There is no way to “see both sides” of the concerns these days. I had an American “friend” who didn’t vote – seriously, didn’t vote – because he didn’t like either choice for President. I cannot count him among my friends any more as I believed the vote last November was the most important of my life. And yours.
This is not just a problem in the US either. Lying and greedy politicians are everywhere around the globe. The gap between rich and poor grows wider every day. Entitled white people take their open carry automatic weapons with them to Walmart and seem to be looking for a fight. They don’t realize that it’s not brown and black people they should pick fights with, it should be the rich. Truly how can there be an argument about a $15 minimum wage?
I have no answers. I believe that with the trajectory we’re on, things won’t end well. I am glad for myself that we are living out these times in a little village that is only a few steps from the simple life of the past. I am trying to use this pandemic time at home to look inwards, to send positivity out and to try my best to understand.
For me, the time at home is a gift. I am using it to really choose who and what to focus my energy on and am trying very hard to not let the mob idiocy steal that focus. It is more important than ever that we take a stand for good, inside ourselves, at the ballot box and when holding our arms out for our vaccine. We must all pull together and reject this hold the mob has over the media and our attention. Are you with me? I hope so.