Friday, December 16, 2016

Just Barely Hanging On

Nothing else seems appropriate right now.

I do get the sense that people have lost hope, and there are any number of good reasons for that. In the context of American history, I think the closest parallel is 1968. We lost Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy in the span of a few months; we saw violence and rioting all throughout the country. We elected Richard Nixon and we were losing over 500 Americans killed in Vietnam each month. Race, economics, social pressures, crime, and tremendous upheavals in American society were evident everywhere. 

Clearly, things are vastly different, but here's something to remember--surrendering to despotism and lies is not an answer to anything. Normalizing lies is not a way to work through differences. Anything we can do to maintain a connection to the truth in anything, whether we're talking economics or climate change or how we take care of people means we're on the right side of history.

Accepting lies as being normal is no way to go through life.

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