Wandering in the shadow of the past, wondering if our Hancock sun is rising or setting, misses the point: like a total eclipse, the blinding beauty of nature’s power is in the eye of those who’ve learned to behold – whereas denial leaves us defenseless against time and ignorant of evolution.
Few of us recognize, a life changing event, until it consumes us. For some, it was the exceptional ideals of a We the People Constitution. For others, a head-on collision playing football, or texting while driving.
Life changes as unexpectedly as a Gettysburg Address or Ferguson shooting. For some, the rise and fall of stock prices, or cash machines investing in voting machines transforming a Voting Rights Act Main Street dream into, dreamers go home.
Institutions don’t lie, but often, the people who run them, do. Post WWII financial, political and religious institutions used communications and educational institutions to convince otherwise intelligent adults that atomic power would bomb war into a deep freeze – but the missiles of October 1962 proved, denial precedes meltdowns.
Listening to Nikki Haley read to the United Nations Security Council was like streaming reruns of decades of American students being assured Duck and Cover, would save their lives from the Atomic Bomb; that they could be educated reading texts that, all but excluded female heroes, role models of color, contributions from Hyphenated Americans – tossing truth of Thanksgiving and Native Americans, into a spiraling white squall.
Shall we continue the self-delusion that dilutes world peace, or embrace the heroics of sincere dialogue: Listening graces brain power with the potential to overcome nuclear power.
Renewing our foundations in unconditional goodwill, enables equal opportunity and injects denial with the pre-existing condition of truth: our national security is inevitably intertwined with earth and all life upon it, so…
- First, do no harm
- Speak truth about the power of our leaders and ourselves
- Emulate those who believe character is the real measure of success
- Freely give to others what we ourselves wish to receive
Not only are we the change we’ve been waiting for, but we are the climate change we fear, the atomic bombs we’ve dropped and forgot — and those in need of affordable mental and physical healthcare, we ignore.
Any effort to take back, go back or hold back, incites our unwinnable war with destiny, because, with or without our permission, time moves ever forward – leaving in its wake, with every breath we take, an invitation to surpass the past, by achieving, what’s next.
Nonetheless, regardless which path we choose, we’ll attract friends, create enemies, periodically encounter sustainable leaps forward and alternately, battle addictive life changing denials: Opioids/Alcohol, Terror Cells/Smart Phones, iPods/iPads, Social Media/Television, DC/Wall Street Koch-heads – constantly challenging our electing principle over greed.
Much of life is a casting call: bully or bullied, caregivers or not my problem, but choosing progression over evolving into the company, habits and presidents we keep, shatters the denial of malice aforethought.
Language is used for both truth and falsehood – by heroes and deceivers. Being human is the life changing responsibility to learn the difference:
- No Child Left Behind – or – Global Warming
- Political neophyte – or – morally bankrupt self-serving bigot
- Gas pipelines & offshore oil drilling – or – Solar panels
- Trump Towers laundering money – or – Wind Towers real air power
When we can, in an embryo, replace the bad gene of one parent with a good gene from the other parent, can’t we also prioritize finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, for what will it profit humankind if we gain cures for Cancers, heart decease and strokes, but lose our memory of the choice between war and peace.
Both Silence and violence are welcome mats over which narcissists enter as existential threats magnetizing voter fears to the denial of Demagogues among us.
Language, poetry or prose, oral tribal history or constitutional parchment, communicates and inspires, but only we can determine direction, interpretation or cause and effect.
After the Arab Spring, Americans claimed, 9/11 notwithstanding, it couldn’t happen here; Brexit, never in America! 2016 Election: The independently fed-up, aided and abetted by Putin, allowed a product of commercialized isolationists, branding The Monroe Doctrine as convenient totalitarian international threat — to wipe Donald Trump’s shoes on Lady Liberty’s welcome mat, enticing the underside of democracy with performances depicting the stain on his soles would, Make America Great Again.
If media action chose more investigative activism than myopic regurgitating, America might have recognized Trump’s fifth grade hyperbole illustrated an inability to discern reality from show.
The question is, do we.
When Chuck Todd introduces a news story that has been trending everywhere for over a week, not as Breaking News, but rather, you probably know, there is hope that American media may once again be The Fourth Estate, before smart phones, Social Media and failure to read beyond 140 characters, finalizes its expiration date.
However, golden April Showers from rainmaker Russians, make for mangled election flowers, choking from lost rainforest paradise — tangled in first 100 days’ action pretense and deceptive activities behind Mar-a-Logo walls.
What is America’s expiration date on giving the trumped a chance, while Arkansas races the clock with human life expectancy against drug expiration?
What is the value of Supreme unction, if self-inflated Trump’s trial balloon Gorsuch chooses GOP Southern Strategy over America’s merciful soul?
Don’t incidents of Domestic Violence increase when corporate and government leaders use bully pulpit to incite violence?
What happens when Governors, Cabinet & Congress members act against LGBT Community, Equal Rights Amendment ratification, gender income parity, minimum wage and budgets of organizations that nurture mind, body and soul, like:
- Medicaid, National Endowment of the Arts, After School Programs
- Planned Parenthood, NPR, The Affordable Care Act
- Social Security, National Endowment of the Humanities, DACA
Aren’t we going in the wrong direction, when a president doesn’t have the sense of direction to know in what direction a very powerful armada is headed?
Where is gun violence activity destined when an increase of easily available guns exceeds our financial support for research to cure Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Schizophrenia, Cancers, Heart disease, Stroke and perhaps even, closed minds?
National decay revels in actions that encore history’s greatest shames, rather than endorse unlimited vision of scientific enlightenment, affordable healthcare and the value of funding quality public education.
Russian/Trump seeding new growth theory, risks reason’s extinction by denial. Both gardens of thinkers, and thoughtless stewards, too pre-occupied to cry out from the hacked wilderness, fail to hear, this last call: the most essential life statistic is the tally of our contributions to fellow soulmates, before inevitable expiration date.
I’m a fan rarely in disagreement with Andrew Sullivan, but if his theory suggesting Americans voted for Trump because, ‘immigrants make them desperate for a reconfirmation of their national identity’ is correct, then unless we radically change course between 2018–2020, our next historical date of note will be the expiration date of our Exceptionalism Experiment.
In April 1564 Shakespeare was born and for more than five centuries his work has enriched the soul of humankind: Art, Culture, Education, History, Music, Politics and Theatre in all their global diversity.
In April 2017, a dozen years after a five-week old proved, actions speak louder than words, by leaping from her crate, past the gloved Vet attendant, running up my arm and, perching on my shoulder, immediately purring, Soulmate, born with only three good legs, a bad liver and questionable kidney functions, unbeknownst to either of us, took our last drive together, Thursday April 20th. Staring up at me with eyes eternally grateful, having never forgotten what her life could have been on the streets, she marked me, one last time.
America still has time, if not to save itself from self-inflicted Truth Decay, then at least to delay extinction via Trump – but, only if we can distinguish the difference between self-serving activity and Justice for All – and act like it. Climate Change denial is no match for an expiration date.