So much has happened since my last post in August of 2015. The U.S. presidential race has gone from disappointing, to outlandish, to disgusting. Racism has taken center stage, along with income disparity. And with racism has come xenophobia.
Around the world, humankind has reverted to a pagan-era tribalism. We cower in our caves, afraid of “The Other” — that about whom we know little, other than that they “aren’t like us.”
Fanning the flames are nihilistic maniacs, without regard to the blessing of life.
Paris happened, since my last post.
Domestic mass murders have happened. Here, it still remains easier to obtain a firearm in Arizona, than it is to vote in a primary election.
Now, Brussels has happened.
I’ve seen the posters: “Je suis sick of this s***.” Me too. Because our simple human minds search for easy solutions to complex geopolitical problems.
There are those who point fingers at the other party. Then, there are those who point fingers at the other generation. The other country. The other religion.
What to blame? Easy. It’s humankind’s fault. We have fouled ourselves with hatred, stupidity, greed, since time immemorial. We have smart phones, but we are dumb. We do not think. We do not WANT to think. And so we get snookered by crooked politicians and cut-throat business people. And that makes us madder still.
So we lash out again, like a whining drunken toddler, without focus, without a plan. The adults in the room, those with measured and rational answers, are derided as “elites.”
In the Paris of the Mind, innocents die at dinner, couples perish at concerts, kids cry for their lost parents. How long will this go on? When will it come to Real New Yorkers (again)?
Maybe the better question is: when will humans use the gift of reason we are blessed with, but rarely use?