Letters to the editor: Everything is different
“There’s something happening here, what it is, ain’t exactly clear...” I can’t get Buffalo Springfeld’s lyrics out of my head as I witness what’s going on in our country.
People spitting at those wearing masks to protect others from catching COVID-19. People coughing on food to contaminate others. People shooting those who ask that they wear masks.
People not wearing masks, not maintaining “social distance,” ignoring health care guidelines, thus endangering the lives of others.
Protesters wearing assault weapons, marching into a state capitol. Ready to kill those who don’t share their views?
Police killing citizens, but not being arrested for committing murder. Police arresting reporters for no reason. Police brutality accepted and condoned, then ignored.
What is going on?
What does freedom mean? I can do anything I want regardless of how my actions impact others?
Is defiance of the law an exercise of civil liberty? Has lawlessness become the new law of the land?
Like others, I hope for the return to “normal,” pre-COVID days, but I’m now certain that there is no going back to the way things were before.
Everything, everything will be – everything is – different.
Confusion, fear, doubt, chaos, rage, distrust seem to be the day’s dictating emotions. And paralysis in the face of the continuing atrocities and violence.
What can I do? What actions can I, – no – must I take? For to stand by and witness violence and terror possess our country makes me an accomplice, by default.
Dante claimed that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. Strong words, but, true, I believe.
Though I’m not clear about how or why we got to this unbelievably insane place, I believe with every fiber of my being that we are all called to decide what we are going to do to make our country a safe and sane place, a place where differences can be assets. Where we cooperate with, not destroy each other.
How to do that? I’ve no simple answer, but I’m definitely am going to find out. I hope you’ll join me in this quest.