Tuesday, August 27, 2019

if you're gonna tell them everything, don't leave out the good part

Sure there's plenty to be horrified about just reading the news every day, wondering how you are the only person in your neighborhood who thinks it's bad to put children in cages and sexually assault them and sicken and starve them to death.  But, lucky us!  For the low low price of our national moral center we have gotten not only cruelty, but incompetence!  I realize this is quite simplistic.  The more I learn about our country and its founding the more I realize that our moral center has always been...wobbly, to say the least.  But on the subject of incompetence, I am currently reading "The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis, a book my brother-in-law sent to me because he is also disgusted and afraid for our country's future.  It is quite eye-opening about the areas where we are in terrible danger that are largely invisible to the public.    It is interesting and frustrating, and you will come away with admiration for the women and men who serve our country in low-profile and important ways, whose primary goal is the well-being of our country and its citizens.  It's a short read, too.

Will we survive this presidency?  I don't know.  Certainly not without deep wounds, and the rot that was already inside us will spread to the new wounds, and we're almost definitely going to die of sepsis.  The outlook isn't great, my friends.  But we've got to find a way to heal or remove what pockets of disease we can reach, even if it's hopeless.  Our choices matter, even the futile ones.