It’s been a while since my post. Almost two years in fact. The idea of a blog is always a great idea right up until you need to write. Then it all sort of falls apart. This post is not going to be lighthearted or gaming related, so apologies in advance.
So much has happened I don’t even know where to begin. Normally I would say it is enough to say that things are crazy. But it really isn’t enough. Not anymore.
As I sit here in the United States, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, an election cycle, an Supreme Court Justice seat opening, racial injustice once again being laid bare, and a power structure in our government that made it absolutely clear it does not care about the people it governs.
That’s a lot. It’s too much. But it’s where we find ourselves. It is understandable to want to push as much aside as we can, if only to remain some semblance of sanity or normalcy. But complacency now is what they are counting on.
Now, who are “they”? When I say that, what do I mean? Who do I mean?
“They” are those in positions of power or athority who view themselves and the stations they hold above the people who put them there. Their true power rests in their tools.
Gerrymandering. Television and radio punditry disguised as news. Instilling the mindest in others that you owe fealty to the people you elect and hire to govern and protect you. Laws with Innocuous sounding names that hide their true intent. Social media falsehoods elevated to fact. And yes, even religion at times.
These are the things we must recoginize, call out, and safeguard against. We must vote out, call out, and demand accountability from those who would use these tools against us. The people of the United States. All of us.
We do not have the things we need as a society because through our actions or inactions have decided we don’t want them. We don’t want afforable healthcare for all. We don’t want clean air and water. We don’t value our natural preserves and forests. We don’t want equal treatment under the law. We don’t want gun reform. We don’t want police reform. We don’t want better education. We don’t want to face the ills of our nation because that would mean we are fallable, and the greatest nation on earth must not be fallible.
You may want these things, but the society we have built does not. we have placed athority into the hands of people who find no vaule in those things. They spit in our faces every day with every lie they tell and every law they pass, or fail to pass as is just as often the case.
Our President has failed us. Our Congress has failed us. Our judicial system is being engineered to fail us. Our states have failed us.
Until we all realize we are in this together, all of us, the Great Experiment is destined to fail. You may not think or feel that you have any effect on someone somewhere else but the wind doesn’t care about borders and you may think someone shitting their pants next door doesn’t effect you until the wind starts blowing in your direction.
Vote. At every level. Hold accountable those with the power, elected, appointed, or hired. Our country is the sum of its parts. The only reason it is US vs THEM is because we accept that as just the way it is.
Allow for compasion. Allow for compromise. Allow for discussion and dissent.
Do not allow wanton disregard for basic decency and truth.
Our society is changing. Demographics are changing. Social norms are changing. This is the way of things. It can be frightening. You may ask uncomfortable questions to yourself and others. There is nothing wrong with this. It is a sign of growth. It is normal. It is not a sign of weakness, it is our greatest strength as humans, the capacity for change and adaptation.
We may not always acheive the goal of being the best, but we must always aspire to be better than we were the day before.
If you take offense to what I’ve just said or if you think I’m talking about you, my question to you is why?
Thank you for reading. Be well.