A few years ago, it occurred to me, the Civil War in the United States never ended. It was truly the first of the fake news phenomenon.
We thought it was over, but it wasn’t. Taking a look back at the history and how Reconstruction went down and how states came back from the ashes show this clearly. For example, the existence of all of the Civil War statues, and monuments, and the blossoming of the Confederate flag may have looked innocuous, but in fact it now looks to me as a malignancy that needed to be cut out. Clearly, in any other world conflict, such displays of the losing party were not allowed.
It was as if the campfire looked as if it were completely extinguished, but in fact it was smoldering.
The evidence of this smoldering was in lynchings, the KKK, outbursts of racism in the south and in the much nicer appearance of the north which held tightly to its own brand of evil racism, much more secretive, and in some ways, perhaps, even more deadly.
The whole issue is like that of the baobab in the story of the Little Prince. When one knows of the existence of something that needs to be attended to, like a seedling that can either look like a rose or a huge baobab, one has to remove the them as soon as you recognize them or pay the price of the explosion of your tiny planet. We have not attended to our good culture and civilization maintenance. We kept the evil seeds planted by the people who settled in our country, the Anglo-Saxons of Great Britain. In some respects, I feel that they have done a better job in getting beyond the evils of slavery and racism, in others, when you look at the current situation, you wonder if they have come forward at all. Nonetheless, we are not talking about them here. It is here that we have countless opportunities for mentally deranged and often racist people to grab their weapons and kill for no reason at all. Now, given the license granted by the previous administration (régime), they are killing every other moment, it seems.
Clearly, if we are to survive as a culture, we need to deal with the violence issues and the problems revolving around weaponry. There are solutions, but we have to do something as we can no longer afford to wait. We have to work on the racism that like a malignancy getting even into the lymph nodes, needs to be located and dealt with. The major thing, however, is that we need to take care of our entire culture, all of us, in the areas of equality, health, education, and the work force.
I have no doubt that we can do it, but it shall not be easy.
The sooner we start, the better. Too many lives have been lost already, too many families decimated, too much hurt.
We all lose by not moving forward.