Kingsley Dennis provided my first ‘wow moment’ for this morning. The piece is a really interesting look at where we are today, in terms of politics, the economy, globalization — the whole picture, and how are views and behaviors may change going forward. Tying together the increasing world population and the continued spread of the internet with how we view and resources now and into the future succinctly — and without over-analyzing and bombarding us with data — for me suddenly snaps the present into focus.
It shines a light on a political, social and economic discourse that, for me, has become so hateful and divisive — everything that I always thought (as I think many of us did) was supposed to be open, free and tolerant. The real democracy in the world (no, I was not naïve enough to think we were the only ones). But suddenly, and in a way that somehow reached me emotionally first, Dennis tied it all together: We are in a time of internal change based on external circumstances, that will eventually lead to external change.
I think the arguments about who should not be allowed birth-control, health care, living wages, access to good education, and so many others, are not simply the few trying to get more of the pie for themselves in their cronies — although, I still believe that is a huge part for many — but it is also a bigger movement and reaction to what might lie ahead. In addition to the toxic mix of religions and/or social intolerance and greed that I always saw as the root of the problem, I now think that some of the hate spinning we hear on the campaign trail and from Wall Street and other 1%-ers, is part fear and resistance. I am beginning to think that perhaps these folks sense the rising power of the rest of us, and the strength of our collective voices, more than we do: see that we are nearing some kind of global social and economic tipping point.
My larger reaction to Kelsey Dennis’ piece, the longer I ponder it, is inspiration and hope: inspiration to keep speaking up and encouraging others to do so because, whether we believe it in the moment or not, we just might be being heard; to keep volunteering and helping others as much as we can because it does matter; and mostly to keep voting, protesting/celebrating, being activists, and just not giving up. For now at least, I am inspired to believe that the less-than-stellar behavior of the few (politicians, bankers, racist cops — whoever) is because they are getting the message. So, in the face of their antics — and at the risk of sounding a tad hokey — it’s more important than ever that we keep at it.