I have to be honest. The world feels a bit like it’s falling apart today. What is happening in Turkey is horrible. what is happening in DC is unfathomable (though, at this point, it probably shouldn’t be), what is happeing in California is simply nuts. Indeed, when I read about the blackouts in California — and, more importantly — some of the reactions to them, I felt like we are witnessing the unfolding of events that leads to the world Octavia Butler wrote about in the Parable of the Sower. It’s all so much.
It’s tempting to try to find some kind of positive spin on it all. The death throes of a dying world view. What doesn’t kill us makes us strong (not very useful to those it does kill). So on. This is, in many ways, the American way of holding these things. White-knuckle. Put on a smile. It’ll work out. It always does.
What I will say is that if we are going move past this craziness1, we have to learn to see it, to acknowledge it, and to own it. In other words, we have to face our darkness. The only way out is through, they say. We are in the middle of it. We can’t make it through if we don’t pick up our heads, open our eyes, and see what is right in front of us. I think we can do it. But it’s gotta be together.
And let’s be clear, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.↩