I know I am supposed to tell you that America’s best days are still ahead of us. And that when we have defeated those who try to tear us down, it will be worth the struggles we are currently plagued with. We will claim the nation that our forebears dreamed of.
I always try to be an optimist and believed all the above, but I’m not sure that reality is even possible anymore? There is just too much “Gloom and Doom” that overshadows that rosy scenario. There are too many nonsensical conspiracies now. Too many big lies about the important stuff.
And perhaps worst of all, is that in 2020, 74 million Americans voted for one of the single most reprehensible human beings on the planet, despite his staggering four-year attempt to show them how grossly unqualified and morally incapable he was of leading. His ineptitude, immorality, and autocratic thoughts were somehow not deal breakers but selling points.
Is the chasm is too deep now?
- How can we ever find common ground with those who insist on dehumanization of everyone who doesn’t think and look like them now?
- How can we engage in a conversation on critical issues with people whose realities are so malleable?
- How can we move forward when so many are living perpetually backwards, longing for the “good-old-days” when fewer people had the voice or vote, and they had all the control?
History clearly tells us that the more we tolerate brutality and discrimination, the more normal they become. Our present normal makes it virtually impossible to grow into something that is truly beautiful.
I am in my final years now, I am simply too tired to keep on fighting, so I guess I will just ride a bit longer and see what happens. The same people who have tried to marginalize so many are at work on me… I just don’t know if I have the strength to tolerate them much longer.